Aussies an anxious lot
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.