Know the signs to manage anxiety

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The modern world often speeds by us at such a swift pace we often forget to look after ourselves. According to a new survey from Beyond Blue, people experiencing anxiety symptoms often don’t seek support early enough because they believe their symptoms don’t seem serious.

Anxiety conditions are the most common mental health issues in Australia, affecting approximately two million people. Some common anxiety signs include excessive worrying about things that could go wrong, racing mind that won’t calm down, feeling tense or on edge, a racing heart and sleeping problems. On average, it can take more than eight years for people with anxiety to seek support.

More than three-quarters of those surveyed for Beyond Blue said their anxiety condition stopped them from living the life they wanted to. Despite this, 31 percent of respondents said they had not sought support because they thought what they were experiencing wasn’t serious enough, 29 percent thought they could solve the problem on their own, 20 percent didn’t think they had a problem and 20 percent said they didn’t seek help because of a dislike of discussing feelings, emotions and thoughts.

Beyond Blue CEO, Georgie Harman said support for anxiety came in many forms and even simple interventions can help.

“Some people might benefit from visiting their GP or psychologist but for others, non-clinic options can be helpful,” Ms Harman said.

“No matter how serious your anxiety issue, support is available and the right advice can support you to manage it.”

Mental health professionals are available at the Beyond Blue support service 24/7 via phone on 1300 224 636 or via www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support