Anxiety disorders are common mental health problems that affect many people.
Approximately 25% of the population have an anxiety disorder that warrants treatment at some time in their life. Up to another 25% have less severe anxieties such as fear of spiders.
Having an anxiety disorder isn’t the end of the world. It’s the first step towards a solution, as anxiety disorders are among the most treatable and manageable of all mental health problems.
With the right support, you can learn to manage your anxiety and stop it taking over your life.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is extreme worry that interferes with our daily lives. Symptoms include panic attacks, physical fear reactions and attempts to avoid the situation. Anxiety disorders can lead to social isolation and depression. The good news is help is available.
What types of anxiety are there?
There are several types of anxiety disorders, and some of these are listed below.
Your PVH Medical healthcare professional can help you to identify your symptoms.
- Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Panic disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Social anxiety disorder.
You can read more information about the types of anxiety disorders here.
What is generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)?
GAD is excessive anxiety and worry, occurring more days than not for at least six months, about events and activities such as those related to work or study performance, health, finances or family issues. The worries are often about a variety of minor issues and events that are unlikely to occur.
GAD affects about 5% of the population. The onset of GAD can be at a relatively early age, with one-third of people with GAD experiencing onset in childhood or adolescence.
GAD is often chronic, but may have only a moderate impact on a person’s ability to function in daily life. Therefore it often remains undetected.
Some symptoms of GAD include:
- Restlessness or feeling on edge
- Being easily fatigued
- Difficulty in concentrating or mind going blank
- Muscle tension
- Shallow, uneven breathing
- Sleep disturbance.
This checklist can help you determine if you are experiencing symptoms of GAD.
This week is OCD & Anxiety Disorders Week. It’s a week of community events, workshops and activities supporting people with anxiety disorders, their carers, family, friends and health professionals.
Help is at hand
Our team of GPs and psychologists at PVH Medical can help with anxiety disorders. If you need help, please make a booking today.
Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.