Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. While stress and anxious feelings are a common response to a situation where we feel under pressure, they usually pass once the stressful situation has passed, or ‘stressor’ is removed.

Anxiety is when these anxious feelings don't go away – when they're ongoing and happen without any particular reason or cause. It’s a serious condition that makes it hard to cope with daily life. Everyone feels anxious from time to time, but for someone experiencing anxiety, these feelings aren't easily controlled.

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 life1. In a 12-month period, over two million Australians experience anxiety2.

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

Supporting someone with anxiety

Supporting someone through anxiety involves different steps and stages, check out how to get on the road to recovery together. 

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Stigma relating to anxiety

Stigma has an especially big impact on how people experiencing anxiety see themselves and could prevent someone seeking support.

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Find out if it's anxiety talking 

The next phase of the campaign “Find out if it’s Anxiety Talking” is about encouraging you to reflect if your thoughts and feelings may be a sign of an Anxiety condition.

Look out for more information on TV, search, radio, out-of-home, social media and other digital channels.

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1. For a full list of references for the statistics on this page, and any others across the website, please visit the references page and search through the relevant category.

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