Anxiety is characterised by persistent, excessive worry. Every year, around 14% of all adult Australians are affected by an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders can take a number of forms. Common to all of these is an anxiety so distressing, it can interfere with a person’s ability to carry out or take pleasure in day-to-day life.
A person may experience more than one anxiety disorder. Some people may also experience depression with the anxiety, or have problems with alcohol or drug abuse.
A person with anxiety will often feel distressed a lot of the time for no apparent reason. An episode can be so severe it is immobilising. The person might have:
- Persistent, excessive or unrealistic worries
- Compulsions and obsessions which they can't control
- Intense excessive worry about social situations
- Panic attacks
- An intense, irrational fear of everyday objects and situations
Other symptoms of anxiety disorders may include:
- A pounding heart
- Difficulty breathing
- Upset stomach
- Muscle tension
- Sweating or choking
- Feeling faint or shaky
The causes of anxiety are not fully understood. It is likely that a particular anxiety disorder is a result of several interacting factors and is affected by stressful life events and personality traits.
Psychological therapy is an effective treatment for most people affected by anxiety issues.
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