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Anxiety: Generalised Anxiety, Panic Disorder and Social Phobias

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Anxiety: Generalised Anxiety, Panic Disorders and Social Phobias: The Many Types of Anxiety In the last article, we looked at what anxiety actually was and the fact that anxiety is actually something we do to protect us via ‘flight or fight’. We looked at how anxiety is a response to fear and causes nervousness and worry, which can ultimately affect how we feel and behave. Due to the mind-body connection, when we believe the worst is going to happen, our body reacts as if that is happening and causes us to feel anxious feelings. This week, we’re going to spend some time looking at the different types of anxieties that exist. Types of anxiety There are six basic types of anxiety-related problems. These include: Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Panic Disorder Social Phobia and anxiety Specific Phobia Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) This week, we’re going to look at Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorders and Social Anxiety Disorder or Phobia. Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Most of us have situations in our lives that are worthy of worry or some anxious feelings. Going on a date, taking an exam or doing a presentation are all examples of situations where…

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Australians Understand Depression, So Why Don’t We ‘Get’ Anxiety?

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Australians understand depression, so why don’t we ‘get’ anxiety? Anthony Jorm, University of Melbourne Australians have come a long way in understanding depression. Most recognise the symptoms and believe in the value of professional help. But anxiety disorders have been left behind. National surveys of “mental health literacy” show Australians are far less likely to recognise symptoms of anxiety. Around 15% of Australians suffer an anxiety disorder in any given year. This includes generalised anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social phobia, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. When given a description of a person who is depressed, around three-quarters of survey respondents recognise the person is “depressed”. With PTSD, only a third get the label correct. For social phobia, it’s less than one in ten. Australians are also less likely to see a person with an anxiety disorder as warranting professional help. Everyday worry One reason for lack of understanding is that anxiety is something everyone experiences. And it’s not always a bad thing. Anxiety is necessary for our survival, because it protects us from danger. It can also motivate us to improve our performance in situations such as exams, sporting competitions and public speaking. But, like many good things,…

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