Anxiety

Whilst anxiety symptoms can be hard to identify, with 25% of the population having experienced anxiety at some point in their life, it most likely at some point you may have experienced it too. Anxiety symptoms are wide ranging and include physical and psychological symptoms. You may notice your heart racing, your palms getting sweaty or simply just a dry mouth. These can leave you to feel powerless and worried that the symptoms may recur causing you to have difficulty concentrating and pervasive fear.

On it’s own anxiety isn’t a problem – it’s a natural inbuilt defence mechanism that the body uses to respond to danger. It boosts your heartbeat and breathing, allowing you to pump oxygenated blood to your muscles as your body prepares to fight or flee. A handful of anxiety in itself is useful – allowing you to push to study hard for an exam, race to get the last bus or alert you to the fact that you may be in danger.

However anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. When anxious feelings do not pass or occur without a reason this is a manifestation of anxiety as an illness. If untreated it may impact adversely on a person’s life. If you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety on a more frequent basis and it is preventing you from functioning normally at home or in the workplace you are not alone. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders, affecting up to 20% of Australians every year.

If you or someone you know are dealing with frequent panic attacks, finding that anxiety won’t go away or is preventing you from functioning at home or work; it might be time to tackle the issues or speak to a health professional. By talking about your anxiety symptoms with a doctor you will be medically assessed and assisted with a care plan to manage your anxiety. It may take time to feel better, but getting professional help can support you in managing anxiety and reduce its effects on your life and wellbeing.

If some of these symptoms are impacting on your life and you need to speak with an experienced medical professional download the My Emergency Dr app. We have doctors on hand experienced in assessment and management of anxiety and will be able to help you better manage your anxiety.

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John Greenfield