Anxiety

Anxiety and anxiety related disorders are becoming more prevalent in our society.  Studies have shown that approximately 14% of Australians experience an anxiety disorder in any 12 month period. 

Suffering from an anxiety disorder is not just a matter of being too anxious. The experience of anxiety is very normal - moderate level of anxiety will improve performance, and even high levels of anxiety will be appropriate when they are consistent with the demands of the situation. Severe anxiety is not helpful and can rob capacity to take in new information, plan an appropriate response, and carry out complex activities. It is not true to say that an anxiety disorder is just a matter of being too anxious at times when other people would not be anxious. Rather, individuals with anxiety disorders have specific and recurring fears that they recognise as being irrational or unrealistic and intrusive.

Some common symptoms include:

  • hot and cold flushes
  • racing heart
  • tightening of the chest
  • snowballing worries
  • obsessive thinking
  • compulsive behaviour.
  • a feeling of imminent danger or doom;
  • the need to escape;
  • sweating;
  • nausea

(Ref: Management of Mental Disorders, World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre)