1. Get to know anxiety
    I am the ill ease you feel when you walk into a crowded room.
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  2. Get to know anxiety: Chest tightening
    One of the symptoms that I had was being unable to breathe deeply...so that was distressing.
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  3. Get to know anxiety: Hot and cold flushes
    One of the symptoms for me was hot and cold flushes...I was freezing and then I was sweating.
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  4. Get to know anxiety: Racing heart
    My heart feeling like it was jumping out of my body, racing a million miles an hour.
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  5. Get to know anxiety: Obsessive compulsive
    I started to become very worried about things like door knobs, and stoves, and power points.
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  6. Get to know anxiety: Snowballing worries
    It was almost instantaneous that somehow my thoughts would be flooded with everything at once.
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What is anxiety?

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

Anxiety is when these anxious feelings don't subside – when they're ongoing and exist without any particular reason or cause. It’s a serious condition that makes it hard to cope with daily life. We all feel anxious from time to time, but for someone experiencing anxiety, these feelings cannot be easily controlled.

Signs and symptoms

The symptoms of anxiety can often develop gradually over time. Given that we all experience some anxiety, it can be hard to know how much is too much. In order to be diagnosed with anxiety, the condition must have a disabling impact on your life. There are many types of anxiety, and there are a range of symptoms for each.

Types of treatment available

As with depression, there are many health professionals and services available to help with information, treatment and support for anxiety, as well as lots of things you can do to help yourself.

Who can assist

Different health professionals provide different types of services, treatments and assistance to help you on the road to recovery. And because we’re all different, it's important to find the right mental health professional to meet your individual needs.

Recovery and staying well

Recovery can take time, and it’s important to go easy on yourself. While medical and/or psychological treatment can help with your recovery, there are many other ways you can help yourself to get better and stay well.

Our Get to know anxiety campaign has been informed by the stories and feedback of people who have experienced anxiety, and for some this may trigger feelings and emotions in relation to your own experience. Remember, there is support and information available. Talk it through with us by contacting the beyondblue Support Service.

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