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.


Find more in the Personal stories section of our website:


I thought I could outsmart my anxiety.

Colin's story

I just felt helpless... my mind was taking control of the rest of my body.
My depression made me want to sleep all the time. But my anxious thoughts were too loud.

Emily's story


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