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MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK • MAY 12 TO MAY 18
The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is anxiety, which is one of the leading causes of mental ill-health in the world.
ANXIETY
Anxiety UK are working closely with the Mental Health Foundation to encourage people to get involved in an effort to raise awareness and reduce stigma.
Conditions like panic, anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are more common than people think, with one in five people reported to experience anxiety on a daily basis, however they can be managed if treatment is sought early. According to the Centre for Mental Health,
problems like anxiety and depression cost the economy around £105 billion a year. For more information visit: www.anxiety.org.uk
WHAT IS ANXIETY?
• Anxiety is often the body’s response to stress, although some of us may be a bit more prone to anxiety and worry than others.
• When we are suffering from anxiety, whilst it can be unpleasant it is our body’s normal response to threat or danger and is not dangerous.
• Anxiety symptoms are part of the fight or flight response and are intended to be helpful in spurring us into action.
• Anxiety becomes a problem when the symptoms are:
- severe and unpleasant;
- going on too long;
- happening too often;
- causing us to worry that there is something
seriously wrong;
- stopping us doing what we want to do.
• Anxiety often becomes a vicious circle where our symptoms, thoughts and behaviour keeps the anxiety going.
HOW CAN I MANAGE ANXIETY?
Anxiety is not an illness. If we can break into the vicious circle, however, we can learn ways of reducing our anxiety and getting it to be more manageable. We can work on at least four different areas:
1. Understanding our anxiety better.
2. Reducing physical symptoms.
3. Altering our thoughts related to anxiety.
4. Changing our behaviours related to anxiety.
For more information visit the website at:
http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/our- work/mentalhealthawarenessweek
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