Aussies an anx­ious lot

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

ONE in four Aussies will grap­ple with anx­i­ety in their life­time – and it’s twice as com­mon as de­pres­sion, new re­search re­veals.

But nine out of 10 of those who seek pro­fes­sional help feel they are able to bet­ter cope with the con­di­tion.

The study, which men­tal health or­gan­i­sa­tion be­yond­blue will re­lease to­day, shows more than 2 mil­lion peo­ple are hit with anx­i­ety con­di­tions each year alone.

Be­yond­blue found one in three peo­ple en­dured symp­toms for more than a year be­fore recog­nis­ing they had anx­i­ety. One in six took six years or more to spot the signs.

Of the 1400 peo­ple sur­veyed, 40 per cent didn’t seek help ini­tially be­cause they didn’t think their is­sues were se­ri­ous enough.

Be­yond­blue chief ex­ec­u­tive Georgie Har­man said while anx­i­ety was Aus­tralia’s most com­mon men­tal health is­sue, most peo­ple be­lieved de­pres­sion was more wide­spread.

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