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The causes of anxiety
Understanding how our brains work is complex and the same can be said about the causes of anxiety. There are many factors that can play a role - here are some of them:
Ongoing stressful events
These can include workplace stress, a change in living arrangements, family or relationship issues, pregnancy and giving birth, traumatic events or the death of a loved one.
People with certain personality factors during childhood, such as perfectionism, being easily flustered and low self-esteem, may sometimes develop anxiety.
Chronic physical illness can also contribute to anxiety conditions, with common conditions including diabetes, asthma, hypertension and heart disease associated with anxiety.
A family history of anxiety or other mental health conditions may contribute to an individual developing anxiety conditions.
Other mental health conditions
There are different types of anxiety and while some people may experience one condition on its own, others may experience multiple conditions, or other mental health conditions such as depression at the same time.
Treatment for anxiety
The type of treatment you may need will depend on the type and level of anxiety you have.
If your symptoms are mild your health professional may suggest ways you can manage your symptoms yourself. This can include lifestyle changes such as regular physical exercise and finding ways to reduce your stress levels.
If your symptoms are more severe you may need psychological treatment. Also known as talking therapies, this kind of treatment can help change your thinking patterns to help keep your anxiety under control and reduce irrational worries.
While talking therapies are an effective treatment, in some cases your health professional may also recommend medication.
It’s important to find the right treatment and the right health professional for your individual needs. If this is your first time seeking support for your anxiety a good place to start is talking to your GP. They will be able to assess your situation and recommend the best next steps for your treatment, including recommending a professional if that’s what you need.
Sometimes, talking about how you’re feeling can be the hardest step. If you’re having a tough time with anxiety, it’s important to know you’re not alone. There are people and organisations that can help.
Our team of mental health professionals are here to support you on our 24/7 Mental Health Phone Support line. It’s available to Medibank members with hospital cover 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 644 325~.
Beyond Blue has a 24/7 national support line where you can talk with a trained mental health professional who will listen, provide information and advice, and point you in the right direction to seek further help on 1300 22 4636.
headspace headspace provides mental health support and services to young people aged 12 to 25 and their families in person at headspace centres across Australia or by online chat or phone through headspace.org.au.
And remember to speak to your GP.
Anxious eaters anonymous
When we’re feeling anxious, we’re more likely to turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms. Whilst some people turn to cigarettes or alcohol, others turn to food.
Managing negative thinking before bed
Anxiety and intrusive negative thoughts often pop up right before going to sleep. But why?
Looking for something else?
Visit our Mental Health homepage to find more tools and advice.
Things you need to know
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