Anxiety is known as the most common mental illness in Australia. According to Beyond Blue, on average, one in four Australians – one in three women and one in five men – will suffer from anxiety at some point in their life. More than million people in Australia experience anxiety each year. There are various types of anxiety disorders, including generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), having a specific phobia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and society anxiety disorder. While anxiety may be common, it can become extremely difficult to manage if left untreated.
Even though there is no single factor for why anxiety occurs, there are a number of risk factors which can contribute to the development of anxiety. These risk factors may include a family history of mental health illnesses, personality traits, stressful life events such as family and relationship issues, and physical health problems such as asthma and diabetes.
The symptoms of anxiety will vary from person to person, often feeling stressed, worried and nervous. However it’s important to be aware of other symptoms and signs of anxiety which can include restlessness, sweating, nausea, feeling lightheaded or faint, difficulty concentrating, and avoidance behaviours.
If anxiety is affecting a person’s work, school, home, or personal life, seeking help and advice from a health care professional such as a counsellor or psychologist is a good way to get treatment.