What is anxiety?
Feeling anxious is a common response that most of us will experience at different times in our lives. It usually happens when we feel under pressure or are in situations that are stressful. For some people, these anxious feelings happen without a particular reason, or don’t go away. This can make it difficult to cope with daily life.
People can experience different types of anxiety disorders.
- Social anxiety disorder – this is related to feeling anxious about or avoiding social situations, or having fear of being embarassed, humiliated and rejected by others.
- Generalised anxiety disorder – this is where feelings of anxiety can be triggered by many different factors rather than from one specific cause.
- Specific phobias – this is when someone feels anxious about and avoids specific objects or situations eg, when fear of flying stops someone from travelling.
- Panic disorder – this is when someone has recurring panic attacks for no obvious reason and feels anxious about having more panic attacks. A panic attack is a sudden feeling of intense fear and discomfort that reaches a peak within minutes. The person often feels that they have to do something urgently.
If you’re experiencing anxiety, it’s important to seek help early so that you can get treatment and feel better. If left untreated, anxiety symptoms can worsen and persist across your lifetime.
If you feel life is not worth living, get help immediately.
- Call Lifeline on 13 11 14