According to the Mental Health Foundation, levels of anxiety in the UK are on the up. Almost one in five people are now suffering from pangs of anxiety a lot or most of the time, whilst around half of Britons feel more anxious than they used to.
A survey conducted by the charity also revealed that around three-fifths of the 2,300 British adults polled experience anxiety on a daily basis, but only 7% would go to their GP to seek help.
Whilst a number of personal issues and circumstances can contribute to anxiety, including exam stress and relationship problems, the Mental Health Foundation reports that financial woes is the most common cause of the disorder.
The charity is certain that greater awareness of anxiety will boost understanding and knowledge of the potentially debilitating effect it can have on mental health and emotional well-being.
Jenny Edwards, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation said: “Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems in the UK and it is increasing, yet it remains under-reported, under-diagnosed and under-treated.
“A good ability to cope with anxiety is key to our resilience in the face of whatever life throws at us. However, experiencing it too much or too often means we risk becoming overwhelmed. Anxiety at this level can have a truly distressing and debilitating impact on our lives and impact on our physical as well as mental health.”
People who have experienced high levels of anxiety over a long period of time are very likely to suffer from panic attacks. These are characterised by extreme physical symptoms, including shaking, dizziness, confusion, disorientation and increased heart rate. Sufferers tend to feel very frightened and may even experience an overwhelming sense of impending disaster.
Edwards stressed that recognising the impact anxiety can have on people’s lives would very likely make a difference to how individuals, communities and employers react to the disorder.
To help spread awareness and provide more insight into the issue, the charity has created the guide, Are You Anxiety Aware? which is free to download on their site.
Hypnotherapy has long been used to help treat anxiety disorders. Clients can relax in a safe and comfortable environment while a hypnotist seeks out the root cause of the anxiety. To find out more, please see our anxiety page.
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