The dictionary describes ‘anxiety’ as:

A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome or a strong desire or concern to do something or for something to happen.

Anxiety is the most common form of mental health problem in Australia. 1 in 6 of us is affected every year.

Being worried sometimes is not a problem. It’s human! But persistent worry that goes on for months or years is different. You may feel intense worry, have panic attacks, or feel fearful. You may have physical symptoms such as a pounding heart, difficulty breathing, upset stomach, muscle tension, sweating, choking or feeling faint and shaky.

If you do, this will have a big impact on your life. Yet many of us with anxiety do not seek help, even though it is treatable and we have many choices about how we get help for anxiety.

Here are some reliable Australian sites:

For iPad and iPhone to help those of us with anxiety. It provides essential information as well as advice on how to manage symptoms from people who have ‘been there’ who share the techniques they’ve found that work. The app uses video, quizzes to test progress and an optional Daily Tip sent directly to your device. Available from the iTunes App Store.

  • Online support and counselling at eCouch.
  • Interactive self-help service that promotes resilience and wellbeing for Australians at My Compass.

15 December 2014; Posted by Julie Loveny, This FIFO Life