One in seven Australians experience anxiety each year. Generalised anxiety affects almost 6% of people across their lifetime. So what are the signs and symptoms of generalised anxiety?
The key symptom of generalised anxiety is excessive and uncontrollable worrying. Worrying is something that most people to do at certain times, but the major differences when someone is experiencing generalised anxiety are that:
- Worrying happens more frequently. It can sometimes feel like you get trapped in an endless cycle of worry. Your mind repeats the same worries over and over again or your worries have a snow-ball effect, building and building until you feel totally consumed by worry.
- The worry is spread across a range of issues (for example, family, socialising, health, safety, the future, work or study, finances, tasks that need to be done), rather than being focused on a specific concern.
- The worry feels difficult to control. No matter how hard you try, the worries just keeping popping up. In fact, the more you try to push your worries down the louder and more overpowering they seem to get.