Anxiety

Anxiety is extreme worry that interferes with our daily lives. Symptoms include panic attacks, physical fear reactions and attempts to avoid the situation.

Anxiety disorders are common mental health problems that affect many people. They include generalised anxiety disorders, social phobias, specific phobias (for example, agoraphobia and claustrophobia), panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder.

What to look for

  • The main features of an anxiety disorder are fears or thoughts that are chronic (constant) and distressing and that interfere with daily living. Other symptoms of an anxiety disorder may include:
  • Panic or anxiety attacks or a fear of these attacks
  • Physical anxiety reactions – for example trembling, sweating, faintness, rapid heartbeat, difficulties breathing or nausea
  • Avoidance behaviour – a person may go to extreme lengths to avoid a situation that they think could bring on anxiety or panic.

Some ways to manage anxiety disorders include learning about anxiety, mindfulness, relaxation techniques, correct breathing techniques, dietary adjustments, exercise, learning to be assertive, building self-esteem, cognitive therapy, exposure therapy, structured problem solving, medication and support groups.

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Source: Better Health Channel, https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/ConditionsAndTreatments/anxiety-treatment-options 

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Mental health is now getting the attention it deserves. That’s great news for you if you suffer from a mental health condition, but the question remains, how do you get practical help?

Do you have symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks or depression? There are things you can do to help manage your condition. Sound good? Read on to see how we can help.

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