Anxiety is normal - it is a common human response to help us get out of harm’s way or to prepare us to take action

 You may experience anxiety that is persistent, seemingly uncontrollable, and overwhelming. If it’s an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it can be disabling.

Those with anxiety will regularly experience uncomfortable and potentially painful physical symptoms, constantly feeling afraid and often try to hide their feelings from others.
Physical symptoms such as racing heart, trembling, dizziness and obsessive thoughts may take
over when an anxiety sufferer is under stress.
Anxiety & Depression Assoc.,US
Beyond
Blue, Anxiety 
Booklet
  1. One in four
    Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. One in four people (one in three women and one in five men) will experience anxiety.(1) In a 12 month period, over 2.6 million Australians experience anxiety, more than those experiencing asthma.(2)
  2. Over 11 per cent
    Every year, approximately 11% of the population experience an anxiety-related condition. 10% will experience anxiety disorders, feeling nervous or tense and 2.5% will experience panic disorders/ panic attacks.(2)
  3. Mind with the lot
    "Anxiety disorders" share certain features and include generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder/panic attacks, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, separation anxiety, and specific phobias. Also related is obsessive-compulsive disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).(3)
  4. 12 per cent
    Around 12% of Australians will experience PTSD in their lifetime, with just over 1% experiencing it in the last 12 months.(1) For both men and women, rape and sexual molestation are the traumatic events most likely to be associated with PTSD, with women more at risk of PTSD following trauma.(2,4)
  5. Cognitive symptoms
    Extreme fear and worry that may lead to panic attacks and avoidance. Excessive thoughts of being criticised or judged negatively. Re-experiencing traumatic events and persistent hyperarousal. Unwanted and intrusive recurrent thoughts or images.(3,5)
  6. Physical signs
    Signs include restlessness, feeling on edge, heart pounding, easily fatigued, difficulty concentrating, mind going blank, irritability, tension, headaches, abdominal/ chest pains, nausea, shortness of breath, sweating, trembling, numbness/ tingling, dizziness and sleep problems.(3)
  7. Loss to economy
    Workplace stress is costing the Australian economy almost $15 billion per year.(6)
  8. Risk to business
    Workplace stress costs Australian work places over $10 billion each year in absenteeeism and presenteeism (lost productivity).(6,7) The cost of workers' compensation claims for stress-related mental disorders is estimated at over $200 million dollars each year.(8)
  9. 25 per cent
    It is estimated that around 25% of those with anxiety will visit their GP. Nine per cent will see a psychiatrist and 14% a psychologist. However, 62% of those with anxiety will not access a healthcare service.(9)
  10. Third place
    Mental health problems are the third biggest health problem in Australia, after heart disease and cancer. Anxiety disorders have been found to be higher than depressive disorders in specific causes of total burden of disease amongst the Australian population.(10)
  
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2. ABS. (2015). National Health Survey First Results Australia 2014-2015. Cat. no. (4364.0.55.001). Canberra: ABS.
3. American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition. Arlington, VA, APA, 2013
4. Creamer, M. et al. 2001. Post-traumatic stress disorder: findings from the Australian National Survey of Mental Health and Well-being. Psychol. Med. 31(7), 1237-1247.
5. Kyrios, M. et al. 2011. Anxiety disorders Assessment and management in general practice. AFP 40, 370-374.
6. Medibank Private 2008. The cost of workplace stress in Australia.
7. PwC 2014. Creating a mentally healthy workplace. Return on investment analysis.
8. Safe Work Australia 2013. Incidence of Accepted Workers’ Compensation Claims for Mental Stress in Australia.
9. Burgess, P.M. et al. 2009. Service use for mental health problems: findings from the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. ANZJP 43, 615-623.
10. AIHW 2016. Australian Burden of Disease Study: impact and causes of illness and death in Australia 2011. Australian Burden of Disease Study series no. 3. Cat. no. BOD 4. Canberra: AIHW.