The survey of 700 people with ages between 25 to 45 showed that 40 percent of respondents considered anxiety a personality trait rather than a mental health issue, according to BeyondBlue. The same organization added that anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia, affecting about one in four people.
Numbers offered by Australian Bureau of Statistics indicate that about three million people experienced a form anxiety of anxiety at some point in their lives.
Jeff Kennett, BeyondBlue chairman and former premier of Victoria, said the company increased its anxiety awareness campaign following the disclosure of the findings to help people recognize the signs and symptoms of anxiety.
“It’s amazing how many people still think anxiety is part of your personality, when it’s not,” he said. “It can be treated and it can be cured. The most important thing is to seek help. I’m not a mechanic, if my car starts behaving abnormally I don’t try and fix it, that’s if I recognize I’ve got a problem I go and seek help. With anxiety, because it grows on you, most people think it’s just part of their makeup and therefore they don’t seek help, where depression is a lot clearer from an early point.”
Mr. Kenneth mentioned the six different “categories” of anxiety.
“The better known ones are post-traumatic stress, which a lot of our first responders, our Armed Forces personnel suffer, [as well as] panic attacks, social phobias,” he said. “The best thing to do is to seek help quickly.”
The organization said anxiety came in many forms and some of the signs included feeling very worried most of the time, social phobias or ongoing issues like nightmares or flashbacks after a traumatic event.