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What is Anxiety?

By Marina Bakker

The quality of our intimate relationships directly impacts on our mental health and emotional well-being. Unfortunately, intimate relationships can be breeding grounds for anxious thoughts and feelings. Love and belonging are our two greatest needs and when we experience relationship anxiety on a consistent and persistent basis it begins to have a profound impact on our love relationship and on our quality of life.

Anxiety & its effects on Mental Health

Anxiety is an unpleasant emotional state with qualities of apprehension, dread, distress, and uneasiness. Anxiety can make us feel a loss of control in performing certain duties, communicating effectively with people, and nervousness about adequately coping with general everyday duties. Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worry. These disorders affect how we feel and behave and can cause physical symptoms.

Symptoms of anxiety?

  • Faster breathing
  • Sweating or feeling dizzy
  • Butterflies’ or feeling sick in the stomach
  • Spending less time with friends and family
  • Being unable to relax

Anxiety manifests in a variety of different forms—such as panic attacks, phobia, and social anxiety. For instance, when speaking in public, losing a job or when going through financial difficulty. When such feelings start to overwhelm you and are not easy to control over a prolonged period then professional help is recommended to deal with your symptoms of anxiety.  Anxiety is not a disease and is considered among the most straight forward and treatable of mental health conditions. 

Freedom from Anxiety has been developed to enable you to overcome anxiety by providing you with resources and services that will contribute to you living a life free from anxiety.

Anxiety facts:

  • Some people think of anxiety as an uneasy feeling in the pit of their stomach or the fear they feel when standing atop high building. 
  • Severe anxiety symptoms can be much worse and downright terrifying and may interfere with how we go about our everyday lives making it hard to cope with ‘normal’ challenges.
  • Anxiety has been identified as the most common mental health condition in Australia. Up to one-third of women and one-fifth of men experience anxiety at some point in their lives.

Severe anxiety is a notable group of mental health disorders including:

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Generalised anxiety disorder
  • Separation anxiety disorder
  • Social phobia

It’s Vital to seek help to manage your anxiety. There are many effective treatments for anxiety, to help you to feel better or reformed.