Anxiety is one of the most common health conditions in Australia. For men, anxiety is even more common than depression – 1 in 5 men will experience anxiety at some point.1 Like depression, anxiety can be a serious condition, but you don't need to let it control you.
How is anxiety different to just feeling stressed or worried?
Anxious feelings are a normal reaction to a high-pressure situation – for example, meeting work deadlines, sitting exams or speaking in public. However, for some men these anxious feelings happen for no apparent reason or continue long after the stressful event has passed. These anxious feelings can seem uncontrollable and can make it hard to cope with daily life.
There are some general signs and symptoms of anxiety. Depending on the symptoms you're having, you may be experiencing one of a number of types of anxiety.
Like depression, it's not easy to say exactly what causes anxiety because it's different for each person. However, there are some known risk factors. The good news is that there are actions you can take to combat anxiety.