Anxiety is widely prevalent and under-diagnosed condition in our community. On an average 1 in 4 people (1:3 females and 1:5 males) will experience same at some stage of their life. In 12 months, over two million Australians will experience anxiety.
Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2015). National Health Survey First Results – Australia 2014-15. Canberra: ABS
We all can feel anxious and stressed in pressure situations. However that is transient and self-resolving once the stressor is removed.
Anxiety is more than that. It is a serious mental health condition that interferes with day to day routine.
Is anxiety a problem for me?
Anxiety is a spectrum and has multiple types.
Generalized anxiety disorder is excessive, uncontrollable worry about a range of ordinary situations compounded with physical symptoms like headache, irritable bowel.
At Murdoch Psychiatry, we use a range of evidence-based treatment modalities to help patients struggling with anxiety.
Social phobia or social anxiety disorder causes people to avoid social or performance situation for fear of being rejected or judged and may occur with panic attacks.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder involves unwanted intrusive, repetitive thoughts (obsessions) and behaviours (compulsions) disrupting the routine.