Message From The Chaplain

Get To Know Anxiety

Hi All,

I thought I would touch on a topic that may be relevant to us all: anxiety.

Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, one in four people – one in three women and one in five men – will experience anxiety at some stage in their life. In a 12-month period, over two million Australians experience anxiety. Anxiety is common, but the sooner people with anxiety get help, the more likely they are to recover.

What causes anxiety?

It’s often a combination of factors that can lead to a person developing anxiety.

* Family history of mental health problems: People who experience anxiety often have a history of mental health problems in their family. However, this doesn’t mean that a person will automatically develop anxiety if a parent or close relative has had a mental health condition.

* Stressful life events: Stressful events can also trigger symptoms of anxiety. Common triggers include: job stress or changing jobs, change in living arrangements, pregnancy and giving birth, family and relationship problems, experiencing a major emotional shock following a stressful or traumatic event, experiencing verbal, sexual, physical or emotional abuse or trauma, and death or loss of a loved one.

* Physical health problems: Continuing physical illness can also trigger anxiety or complicate the treatment of the anxiety or the physical illness itself. Common conditions that can do this include: hormonal problems (e.g. overactive thyroid), diabetes, asthma and heart disease. If there is concern about any of these conditions, ask a doctor for medical tests to rule out a medical cause for the feelings of anxiety.

Please also be assured of our support here at Christian College. If you would like to have a chat about anxiety, or related areas that are relevant to yourself, please don’t hesitate to organise a time to chat.

Take care.

Gary Crole
Chaplain - Bellarine Campus.


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