This month we are placing a focus on Anxiety with August 4-10 being Obsessive Compulsory Disorder (OCD) and Anxiety disorders week.
It’s normal to feel anxious about moving to a new place, starting a new job, or taking a test. This type of anxiety is unpleasant, but it may motivate you to work harder and to do a better job. Ordinary anxiety is a feeling that comes and goes, but does not interfere with your everyday life.
In the case of an anxiety disorder, the feeling of fear may be with you all the time. It is intense and sometimes debilitating.
This type of anxiety may cause you to stop doing things you enjoy. In extreme cases, it may prevent you from entering an elevator, crossing the street, or even leaving your home. If left untreated, the anxiety will keep getting worse.
Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental health condition and can affect anyone at any age.
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For help or more information:
- Kids Helpline (telephone and online counselling for ages 5-25) — call 1800 55 1800.
- Mensline Australia (online counselling and forum for men) — call 1300 78 99 78.
- Lifeline (anyone having a personal crisis) — call 13 11 14.
- OCD? Not Me! (online OCD treatment program).
- Suicide Call Back Service (anyone thinking about suicide) — call 1300 659 467.
- Beyond Blue
Sources: Beyond Blue