Thursday 15th May
An estimated one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime, but while most people associate mental illness with depression, many of us are unaware that anxiety is one of the most common forms of mental illness.
While all of us at some point will experience worries and anxieties over things happening in our lives, living in a constant state of anxiety is an altogether more serious and debilitating state of mind, and long-term and sustained anxiety can lead to a whole host of medical problems, both physical and mental.
New research shows that as a nation we think women are more likely than men to suffer from anxiety disorders, in reality, this is absolutely true and in particular, women over 60 are more likely than any other age group to be hospitalised from the condition.
But how do you know whether your anxiety is a normal part of life or whether it has become a serious problem?