Feeling anxious, worried and fearful from time to time is a normal part of life. However, if anxiety is overwhelming, creates problems in our relationships, or holds us back from engaging in activities, it can be debilitating to the point that it becomes an anxiety disorder.
When you’re dealing anxiety like this, you may feel isolated – but you are not alone. In fact, one in seven Australians is currently experiencing an anxiety condition. Over the last 12 months, 14.4% of Australians aged 16 to 85 have experienced anxiety – this is equivalent to 2.71 million people today.
The dangers of unresolved anxiety
Some people never seek help for their anxiety because they may feel ashamed to speak about how they feel. But, ignoring an anxiety disorder is risky. Anxiety that is left unmanaged can lead to consequences for your emotional and physical wellbeing.
- Depression commonly occurs alongside anxiety, amplifying feelings of worry, low mood, panic and insomnia
- The longer anxiety goes untreated, the more your risk of self-harm and suicide increases
- Anxiety increases your risk of addictions to many substances, including alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs
- Anxiety can lead to chronic stress, and this may compromise your immune system – making you more susceptible to infections, such as colds and the flu
- Social isolation can be exacerbated by anxiety, which can impair your ability to work, study, and engage in healthy your relationships with your loved ones.
The good news is that there are many high-quality resources available to support and guide you. Here are our top 5 book recommendations on anxiety management:
- Dare: The New Way to End Anxiety and Stop Panic Attacks
- Don’t Feed the Monkey Mind: How to Stop the Cycle of Anxiety, Fear and Worry
Want more resources?
Wise Institute has a range of recommended tools to support you through your journey. From more books, digital tools, apps and videos, we’ve got your needs covered on our anxiety support page.