Anxiety- signs, symptoms and treatment.

Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, one in four people – one in three women and one in five men – will experience anxiety at some stage in their life. In a 12-month period, over two million Australians experience anxiety. Anxiety is common, but the sooner people with anxiety get help, the more likely they are to recover.

What is anxiety?

According to the Australian psychological society, anxiety refers to feelings of worry, nervousness, or a sense of apprehension, typically about an upcoming event where the outcome is uncertain, or where the person feels he or she might not be up to the task. Anxiety is commonly experienced in high pressure situations, for example, prior to a making a speech or sitting an exam. Feelings of anxiety can also arise following a stressful event, like an accident where the person is left feeling shaken. Anxious feelings are usually accompanied by physical sensations such as a churning stomach, light headedness, and a racing heart.

Signs and symptoms

Although the experience of anxiety will vary from person to person, feeling stressed, worried, and having anxious thoughts are common symptoms. Other common symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Restlessness
  • Avoidance behaviour
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Feeling light-headed or faint
  • Numbness or tingling sensations
  • Upset stomach or nausea

Anxiety disordersDionne Shalit - Anxiety Disorders

While anxiety is considered a natural reaction to a stressful situation, for some people anxious thoughts, feelings, or physical symptoms can become severe and upsetting, interfering with their ability to go about their daily lives. Where symptoms of anxiety occur frequently, occur over a period of time, and interfere with daily life, it is typically considered an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental disorders diagnosed in Australia. There are a number of different types of anxiety disorder, including:

  • Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Specific phobia
  • Panic disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Dionne helps her clients reduce their anxiety using a myriad of different modalities from herbal medicine, nutritional advice, supplements, breathing techniques and Jin Shin Jyutsu®. These address all aspects of the individual, helping to rebalance the nervous system and promote a state of relaxation. Having suffered from anxiety herself, Dionne knows it’s crippling effects and endeavours to empower her clients to live happy and fulfilled lives so they are not controlled by their anxiety and have the ability to reach their potential.