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Anxiety is a common condition. It’s a normal human reaction to stressful situations. Anxiety can make you feel nervous, worried, panicky and fearful.

There are several women’s health conditions that are associated with anxiety, for example, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome and menopause.

It’s good to know there are many ways to manage anxiety so it doesn’t affect your daily life. Learn more about anxiety, the symptoms, causes, how to manage the condition and where you can get help.

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Thanks to Liptember Foundation for supporting Jean Hailes to produce these pages on anxiety. Each year, the Liptember Campaign raises funds and awareness for women's mental health during the month of September.

Anxiety is a normal human emotion. Everyone experiences it from time to time. It can feel overwhelming, but you can learn to manage it with the right support. Read more

People have different experiences of anxiety. Symptoms can vary depending on the type and level of anxiety. Some symptoms may develop over time – you might not realise certain feelings, thoughts or behaviours are related to anxiety.When you feel anxious, your body goes on ‘high alert’, looking for potential dangers. This may lead to symptoms that affect your body, mind and behaviour. Read more

What causes one person to feel anxious may not have the same effect on another person. Anxiety is usually caused by a combination of factors. Read more

You don’t need to struggle with anxiety – there are lots of ways to manage it. One of the most important things you can do is be kind to yourself. Try not to judge yourself (e.g. “what’s wrong with me?” or “why can’t I handle this?”) as this can make you feel worse. Instead, acknowledge your feelings and remember you’re doing the best you can. Approaching your anxiety with curiosity instead of judgement will help you understand it and find ways to manage it.Remember, anxiety is a very common condition and there are lots of things you can do to get help. What works for each of us will be different. You may need to try a few different approaches before you find one that helps you. Your health professional can also help you find the best approach. Read more

Many people use complementary medicine and therapies (CMT) to help manage their anxiety. But these should only be prescribed by a health practitioner trained in their use.If you do use complementary medicine and therapies, it’s important to share this information with your doctor as some herbal remedies can affect other prescribed medicines. Read more

When you put yourself first and look after your health, it may help to improve your mood and reduce feelings of anxiety. Read more

Depending on your situation, you can get help from a range of health professionals.You might need help from a health professional if:your self-help strategies and lifestyle changes are not workinganxiety is affecting your daily lifeyou avoid places or situations to manage your anxietyyou have trouble sleeping, relaxing or concentratingyou feel like you can’t control your anxiety, or it’s getting worseyou feel suicidal – if this is the case, call Lifeline on 13 114 at any time, day or night. Read more

This con­tent has been reviewed by a group of med­ical sub­ject mat­ter experts, in accor­dance with Jean Hailes pol­i­cy.