Anxiety

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 conditions affect 1 in 4 people in Australia and they are treatable. 

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What is anxiety?

Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. Stress and anxious feelings are a common response when we feel under pressure. These feelings usually pass once the stressful situation has passed. 

Anxiety is when anxious feelings don’t go away and may not have a clear cause. If you’re living with anxiety, the anxious feelings may not be easily managed. Anxiety is a serious condition that makes it hard for a person to cope with daily life. 

3 million Australians are living with anxiety. Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. 1 in 4 people will experience anxiety at some stage in their life. 

Symptoms of anxiety

Anxiety symptoms can develop over time. Because we all experience anxious feelings, it can be hard to know when to seek support.

Signs and symptoms of anxiety can include:

  • feeling very worried or anxious most of the time
  • finding it difficult to calm down
  • unable to control your anxious thoughts or worries
  • feeling tired easily
  • difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
  • muscle tension
  • sleep disturbances.

Learn about the Signs and symptoms of anxiety.

Types of anxiety

There are several types of anxiety disorders. Each type has different symptoms and is treated differently.

Common types of anxiety include social anxiety disorder and generalised anxiety disorder (GAD).

Learn about types of anxiety

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Do I have an anxiety condition?

You may be feeling unsure about whether you should seek support.

Our anonymous mental health check-in can help you understand whether your anxious feelings are the kind of worries that will go away on their own, or whether it’s time to get more support to help you feel better.

It’s an evidence-based tool which asks you 10 questions about the feelings you’ve been having over the past 4 weeks. It’s sometimes called the “K10” and is widely used by GPs and mental health professionals.

Mental health check-in

Treatments and other support for anxiety

There are many evidence-based treatments for anxiety, including therapy and medication. Taking the first step in the journey to recovery can be hard. 

We’ve got resources to help you if you’re having anxious feelings, have been diagnosed with anxiety or are supporting someone with anxiety. 

Treatments for anxiety

Proven anxiety treatments include medication and therapy. Finding the right treatment and support can help you learn how to manage your anxiety. 

Learn about treatments for anxiety

Finding mental health support

Your GP can be a good place to start the conversation about your mental health.  

We can also help you find other support that’s right for you. This could include talking to our counsellors or helping you find a mental health professional near you. 

Get mental health support

Connect with our online peer support community 

Anonymously read, share and learn from people who are also living with anxiety.  

The Beyond Blue Forums is a welcoming peer support community. Posts are moderated by qualified counsellors.

Visit the Beyond Blue Forum anxiety discussions

10 anxiety management strategies to try

There’s a range of strategies you can try by yourself to manage anxiety.

These include relaxation techniques, spending time with family and friends, eating well and staying active.

Learn about anxiety management strategies

Supporting someone else

If you’re worried about someone close to you, there are things you can do to support them.

Journey to recovery - personal stories

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References

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