Despite the fact that mental health problems now affect millions of people in the UK, there is still a huge stigma attached to it. With anxiety being the most commonly reported mental illness in the country, we have decided to separate the facts from the fiction once and for all.
Myth: Only nervous people get anxiety.
Fact: Absolutely anyone can suffer from anxiety and more than one in 10 of us are diagnosed with it at some point in our lives. It can be triggered by anything from redundancy and moving house to encountering relationship problems regardless of whether you’re a nervous person or not.
Myth: If you have a phobia, you are stuck with it for life.
Fact: A form of anxiety is phobias and four million of us in the UK suffer from them. They can seriously interfere with the way we live our lives but many don’t seek help because we think that there’s no effective cure.
This couldn’t be further from the truth however because phobias can be successfully challenged and overcome with the right support. From courses to self-help groups and talking to a therapist, there are plenty of options available.
Myth: People with anxiety should avoid situations that cause stress.
Fact: Avoiding stressful situations is not only impossible but it also tends to lead to more anxiety. Getting into the habit of avoiding the things that make you feel anxious just reinforces the issue and allows it to grow. Effective treatment usually involves gradually and safely exposing yourself to the source of your anxiety so you can learn to cope with it rather than avoid it.
If you think that you or someone you know could be suffering with anxiety, please feel free to visit our Depression and Anxiety Treatment Programme page for more information about the signs, symptoms and treatments available. You can also contact us today for help.