Anxiety is a natural response to stress but becomes a medical disorder when it's excessive, chronic, and interferes with daily life.
Anxiety disorders affect around 14% of adult Australians, approximately 2.3 million people.
Anxiety can manifest in different forms, such as generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias.
Anxiety disorders are characterised by intense, prolonged worry and fear about everyday situations.
The causes of anxiety are multifactorial, involving:
Common symptoms of anxiety disorders include:
In Australia and around the world:
An estimated 284 million people worldwide have anxiety disorders.
In Australia, anxiety disorders affect around 14% of the adult population, or approximately 2.3 million people.
De-prescribing for anxiety often focuses on reducing dependence on medications, particularly benzodiazepines, while enhancing coping strategies.
Managing de-prescribing of anxiety disorders require a comprehensive approach, considering both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments. Collaboration with healthcare providers specializing in anxiety disorders and a focus on patient-centered care are vital for successful treatment and recovery.