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 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. Everyone feels anxious from time to time, but for someone experiencing anxiety, these feelings can't be easily controlled.

Get to know anxiety

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 life.1 In a 12-month period, over two million Australians experience anxiety.2 Anxiety is common, but the sooner people with anxiety get help, the more likely they are to recover.

Personal stories

Featured below are stories of people sharing their own experience of anxiety.

Watch Megan's story

Watch Ollie's story

For more information

beyondblue has developed the Understanding anxiety resource to provide information for people experiencing anxiety, those concerned about a friend or family member, or anyone who may be living with someone who has anxiety.

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