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.

Everyone feels anxious from time to time. When anxious feelings don't go away, happen without any particular reason or make it hard to cope with daily life it may be the sign of an anxiety condition. 

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.

There are many ways to help manage anxiety and the sooner people with anxiety get support, the more likely they are to recover


Personal stories

Featured below are real stories by real people about their experiences of anxiety, and the journey to recovery.

  1. Wrestling taught me to dance again | Aria's story
    It (anxiety) is a constant in my life, but it is not who I am. That’s the best part about this crazy life journey. You can be and do unbelievable things and mental health doesn’t need to stop you from any of it.


Here are some more stories from the Personal best section of our website:


When I stared at myself in the mirror, I didn't like anything about the person looking back

Amy's story


My inner critic knows just how to make me feel like the world’s most hopeless loser.


I worry about what may happen, what is happening and what is about to happen.

Liz's story




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