“The approaches that work best for each of us to manage our anxiety will differ. We may need to try a few different approaches to find one that helps us to manage anxiety”.1
What may the Anxiety Umbrella include?
Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:
- Anxiety Disorders
Can anxiety mean different things to different people?
I think the term anxiety can be like the terms diet, love and menopause and mean different things, to different people, at different times, in different places.
When I use the term anxiety what I mean may be different to what someone else means or what is meant in medicaltalk by the term anxiety disorder.
It can therefore be important when the term anxiety is used, to be clear about what is meant, so we may work out whether we are on the same page meaning the same thing, or not.
What is anxiety?
DotS the definition of anxiety may vary. The (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health’s (JH) definition is:
In Anxiety the (Australian) Beyondblue’s definition is:
Everyone feels anxious from time to time. When anxious feelings don’t go away, happen without any particular reason or make it hard to cope with daily life it may be the sign of an anxiety condition”.3
What is anxiety disorder?
DotS the definition of anxiety disorder may vary. In Anxiety Disorders the (United States) National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) definition is:
What are types of anxiety disorder?
In Anxiety: Types of Anxiety Disorder the (United Kingdom) Mental Health Foundation (MHF) explain:
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Panic Disorder (regular sudden attacks of panic or fear)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Specific Phobias (overwhelming and incapacitating fear of a specific object, place, situation or feeling)”.5
Signs and Symptoms
What are signs and symptoms of anxiety disorder?
In Anxiety: Signs and Symptoms Beyondblue explain:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)?
DotS the definition of GAD may vary. In Anxiety Disorders: Signs and Symptoms – Generalized Anxiety Disorder the NIMH elaborate on:
In Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): Understanding GAD the Anxiety and Depression Association of America’s (ADAA) definition is:
The ADAA also explain:
What causes GAD?
According to the MHF:
In Anxiety Disorders: Signs and Symptoms – Generalized Anxiety Disorder the NIMH explain:
- Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge
- Being easily fatigued
- Having difficulty concentrating; mind going blank
- Being irritable
- Having muscle tension
- Difficulty controlling feelings of worry
- Having sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, restlessness, or unsatisfying sleep”.11
Is there an association between depression and anxiety?
In Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): Treatment Information the ADAA explain:
Common or Not
How common is GAD?
In the United States (U.S.) according to the ADAA:
In the United Kingdom (UK) according to the (United Kingdom) NHS (National Health Service) in Generalised Anxiety Disorder In Adults. Overview – Who’s Affected?:
Slightly more women are affected than men, and the condition is more common in people from the ages of 35 to 59”.14
What are anxiety management strategies?
In Anxiety Management Strategies: 10 Strategies To Try Beyondblue elaborate on each of these:
- “Slow breathing…
- Progressive muscle relaxation…
- Stay in the present moment…
- Healthy lifestyle…
- Take small acts of bravery…
- Challenge your self-talk…
- Plan worry time…
- Get to know your anxiety…
- Learn from others…
- Be kind to yourself…”.15
What are treatments for anxiety?
In Treatments for Anxiety Beyondblue elaborate on:
For mild symptoms your health professional might suggest lifestyle changes, such as regular physical exercise and reducing your stress levels. You might also like to try online e-therapies, many of which are free, anonymous and easily accessible for anyone with internet access. Where symptoms of anxiety are moderate to severe, psychological and/or medical treatments are likely to be required”.16
Online Resources, Programs and Apps
Are online anxiety resources, programs and Apps available?
DotC (Depending on the Country) online anxiety resources, programs and apps may be available.
Your health care provider or local community health center may know of your country’s recommended online anxiety resources, programs and Apps similar to anxiety Online Resources and Programs by the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health.
Menopausal Hormone Therapy
May menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) be beneficial in improving mood?
One of the points of consensus in the Revised Global Consensus Statement on Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Section A: Benefit/Risk Profile of MHT – endorsed by seven menopause-related organizations – published online 20 June 2016, is:
- “MHT may be beneficial in improving mood in early postmenopausal women with depressive and/or anxiety symptoms. MHT may also be beneficial for perimenopausal women with major depression but antidepressant therapy remains first-line treatment in this setting”.17
Health Care Provider
What if I think I have anxiety or an anxiety disorder?
If you think you have anxiety or an anxiety disorder, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this. In Support From A Health Care Professional: Talking With Your GP or Local Doctor – Remember the JH explain:
Health Topics A-Z
Where may I find Health Topics related to Anxiety?
In Health Topics A-Z you may find:
Where may I find Links related to Anxiety?
Your Country may have Links similar to: