Understanding Anxiety

3 million Australians are living with anxiety or depression

Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, one in four people – one in three women and one in five men – will experience anxiety at some stage in their life.

 In a 12-month period, over two million Australians experience anxiety.

Anxiety is common, but the sooner people with anxiety get support, the more likely they are to recover.

Generalised Anxiety in Adults

You are More than you think you are!

Childhood Anxiety

Types of Anxiety

Generalised

Anxiety

Feeling Anxious about a variety of things on most days.

Social Phobias

Intense fear of Criticism, Humiliation and Embarrassment in every day situations

Panic Disorders

Frequent Attacks of Intense Anxiety, that seem like they can't be brought under control

Social Anxiety

Fear of meeting new people, socialising and going out.

Feeling like you are in the spotlight overly shy.

OCD

On going unwanted intrusive thoughts and fears that cause Anxieties, Leading to a need to carry out certain rituals to feel less anxious

 Phobias

Fearful feelings about a specific thing or situation

PTSD

Bursts of Anxiety that can happen at anytime after a traumatic event.

Separation Anxiety

Fear of leaving others or being alone.

Symptoms

Panic attacks, Sweating, hot and cold flushes, racing heart, tightening of the chest, quick breathing, dizzy, restlessness, or feeling tense, wound up and edgy, overwhelmed. 

Physical Signs

Overly worried, fear,

expecting something bad to happen. catastrophizing, or obsessive thinking and rumination, feeling doom, feeling like you can't trust people, Thinking about how the world should be, feeling out of control or your life, Black and white thinking. Jumping to conclusions. Ruling out the positives.

Psychological Signs

You may avoidance of situations or people that make you feel anxious which can impact on study, work or social life.

You may feel a sense of injustice and be angry.

You may be a perfectionist.

You may have OCD.

You may try to control your environment.

Behavioural Signs

What does Anxiety feel like?

" Like a voice in the back of my mind telling me to watch out"

"It feels like my world is getting smaller"

"It takes the fun out of the things I once loved to do"

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