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over 2 million Australians will experience an Anxiety Disorder in 2018

 

14.2% of Australians (over 2 million people) this year will experience an anxiety disorder.

Only 35% of them will receive appropriate professional support.

Did you know that Anxiety Disorders are the most common Mental Health problem in Australia?

Australians experience Anxiety Disorders at more than twice the number that experience Depression however only slightly more than 1 in 3 will access help.

Anxiety Disorders can include, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Treatment for Anxiety Disorders are available and do work. There are a range of strategies available for anxiety and you need to work with your healthcare professional to find one that works for you.

For example, your GP can assist you with a Mental Health Care Plan and the ability to see a psychologist under the medicare bulk billing system. Psychologists may work with you using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy of Interpersonal Therapy.

Beyond Blue has great information and support suggestions for Anxiety, click here to go to their page.

If you know of someone who has anxiety or may have anxiety please be kind, patient and understanding. If you would like to find out how you could assist someone who is developing an Anxiety Disorder, experiencing a worsening of an existing anxiety disorder or who experiences Panic Attacks please consider a Mental Health First Aid course. Click here for more information.

Remember, Mental Health is everyone’s business.

 

Blog Post written by:
Deb Gleeson