Anxiety: what you need to know

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anxietyIf you have anxiety you are not alone.

Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health conditions in Australia.

Symptoms don’t always happen suddenly – anxiety disorders are not always obvious and can appear slowly over time. The symptoms that people get with an anxiety disorder may last 6 months or more, impacting on quality of life and day-to-day tasks.

If you think you have a problem with anxiety it’s best to speak to your GP as soon as you can. Our doctors can help you find ways to recover.

Your GP can:

  • listen to your concerns and talk with you about them;
  • rule out any other health issues;
  • discuss different ways of managing anxiety;
  • suggest lifestyle changes;
  • prescribe medicines (if necessary); and
  • refer you to other health professionals who are trained to help with anxiety disorders, such as a psychologist.

In your appointment, it’s likely that your GP will ask you about:

  • your mood, thoughts and behaviour in the last few weeks, possibly using questionnaires to guide the assessment;
  • any recent events in your life which may have affected your mood;
  • physical symptoms such as sleep problems or changes in appetite;
  • how your anxiety may be affecting your ability to work and its impact on relationships with friends and family; and
  • your medical history and your family’s medical history.

When you see your doctor it is important to be open and honest about the way you are feeling. Make the most of your appointment by asking questions that help you to understand more about anxiety disorders and the type of help available for you.

Contact Floreat Medical to make an appointment on 9387 6000 or book online.

For more information from NPS Medicine Wise click here.

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