Anxiety is a common health concern that can be found in people from all walks of life. It shows up as intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear within everyday situations. Anxiety can come on gradually and there is no specific age at which the feelings of anxiety begin. There is a large risk that these feelings may become significant throughout one's childhood.
Research shows that there is no definitive cause for anxiety. Many factors can trigger anxiety and can enable you to start experiencing a feeling of anxiety.
Anxiety can have direct links to feelings of worry and overwhelm, triggers can include: work stress or a change in career, or emotional shock following a traumatic event.
It can be difficult to navigate the causes of anxiety, and other causes could include:
Symptoms of anxiety can vary from minor to extreme, it is not yet known how quickly these symptoms can escalate. Similarly to depression and other mental illnesses, symptoms of anxiety can be considered circumstantial.
Note: if you are suffering from any of the below symptoms, but aren’t sure if you are suffering from anxiety, it pays to take action immediately. If you’re not suffering from anxiety, your symptoms may still be treatable.
Insomnia can be found in individuals from all walks of life. Recent research has shown that 45% of participants in New Zealand reported experiencing symptoms of insomnia. While children can suffer from the disorder, it is more commonly found in adults and elderly individuals. Insomnia can lead to further health problems, so it is important that you act on symptoms quickly. You are able to do so on our online service, Bettr. We have a team of professionals who will be able to help you, and find a treatment for your insomnia that best suits you.
Medication – Upon assessment, your local GP is likely to prescribe you with an SSRI which will help to mitigate your symptoms of anxiety. Finding the right medication to help treat your problem can be trial and error, and you need to find a medication that fits best with you and your lifestyle.
Therapy – Alternatively, you can visit a therapist who specialises in treating those with anxiety and other mental illnesses. Your GP will help to determine which treatment is best for you, and will explain what is available locally.
Lifestyle - With professional advice, treating anxiety or learning how to deal with anxiety can be as simple as making changes to your lifestyle, this may include adopting a healthy diet, avoiding alcohol and reducing caffeine intake. One of our team members will help to determine what you can best benefit from.
If you are suffering from anxiety, or you feel as though your symptoms match up with those of anxiety, it is important to act on these quickly. Without being treated, anxiety can lead to further mental health problems, including depression. If you aren’t sure if you have anxiety but think you might, talking to someone could help.
As soon as you can, ensure you get in touch with a GP. This can easily be done via Bettr, our online service that connects you with a GP. Anxiety can be treated without visiting a GP in the clinic. Our team will guide you towards the best options available for you. To do this, book your consultation below.
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