It may come as no surprise to you that surveys are suggesting that we are facing an anxiety epidemic, with spikes in both anxiety and stress reported over the past decade. We only have to look around us to notice how pressured life can be.
But the good news is that anxiety disorders are actually highly treatable – despite this, the figures suggest that only around 40% of those suffering seek treatment. Let’s put an end to suffering in silence and do something about it.
We all feel anxious from time to time – it’s extremely common and some believe that levels of anxiety are heightening in this age of too much choice and the pressures to be ‘perfect’ from social media, particularly for young people.
Anxiety is a normal reaction to the events in our lives such as feeling we don’t have enough time to get everything we need done; money concerns; sitting exams; ageing or ill parents and more. The difference between ‘normal’ anxiety and having an anxiety disorder is the degree to which it’s interfering with your life. If, for instance, you feel that you’re constantly on ‘high alert’ and you can’t stop worrying, then you may have an anxiety disorder.
Topics covered in Understanding Anxiety And How To Successfully Deal With It.
- Is Anxiety Serious?
- How is Stress Different from Anxiety?
- Feelings of Anxiety or Stress
- Signs of Anxiety or Stress
- What are the Effects?
- How to Test Your Own Levels
- The Root Cause of Anxiety
- Be Aware of Avoidance
- Pushing the Wrong Buttons
- The Buttons that Work:
- Lifestyle Changes and Psychotherapeutic Approaches
- Controlled Breathing
- What to do when you feel anxious
- A Note on Anxiety and Alcohol
The World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) is a great resource for further reading. The WFMH has is its mission to promote the advancement of mental health awareness, prevention of mental disorders, advocacy, and best practice recovery focused interventions worldwide.
#WorldMentalHealthDay is observed around the world on 10th October every year and this year the focus will be on young people and mental health in a changing world.