Anxiety is extreme worry that interferes with our daily lives. Symptoms include panic attacks, physical fear reactions and attempts to avoid the situation.
Anxiety disorders are common mental health problems that affect many people. They include generalised anxiety disorders, social phobias, specific phobias (for example, agoraphobia and claustrophobia), panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder.
What to look for
- The main features of an anxiety disorder are fears or thoughts that are chronic (constant) and distressing and that interfere with daily living. Other symptoms of an anxiety disorder may include:
- Panic or anxiety attacks or a fear of these attacks
- Physical anxiety reactions – for example trembling, sweating, faintness, rapid heartbeat, difficulties breathing or nausea
- Avoidance behaviour – a person may go to extreme lengths to avoid a situation that they think could bring on anxiety or panic.
Some ways to manage anxiety disorders include learning about anxiety, mindfulness, relaxation techniques, correct breathing techniques, dietary adjustments, exercise, learning to be assertive, building self-esteem, cognitive therapy, exposure therapy, structured problem solving, medication and support groups.
Hear how treatment and support can help
Where to get help:
- Your doctor
- Clinical psychologist
- Mental Health Foundation of Australia (Victoria) Call 03 9427 0406
- Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria Call 03 9830 0533 or 1300 ANXIETY
Source: Better Health Channel, https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/ConditionsAndTreatments/anxiety-treatment-options