Advances in technology have dramatically changed the way we live our lives over the last few decades. Although this has brought about many positive changes, experts are now beginning to question whether or not technology is actually making us more anxious than ever before.
The NSPCC’s Childline service has warned that the number of children who are seeking help for anxiety-related problems is rising dramatically.
Anxiety disorders are amongst the most common mental health problems with one in five adults in the UK affected by them.
Ideally childhood should be filled with fond memories; special days out with families, being excitable at Christmas and on birthdays, running around the playground with friends and jumping through the sprinkler on a hot summer’s day. Where childhood problems did not extend beyond how late we were allowed to stay up at night, which toy we should play with and how many sweets we were allowed to eat. Sadly, for many youngsters today’s childhood paints a very different picture.
We all feel stress from time-to-time and it’s something that has impacted every single one of us at some point in our lives. Perhaps this is why we regard it as a minor issue that doesn’t require serious attention.
Stress is actually a big problem in the UK however. It is affecting more and more of us, it’s the biggest cause of sick leave, 44% of us suffer from long-term stress and it costs the country an incredible £10 billion every year.
Whether you’re being over-worked, have strict deadlines to meet or have a difficult boss, it’s not unusual to feel under pressure at work. In fact, nearly 40% of all work-related illnesses in the UK stem from stress.
New, more worrying figures published last week reveal that this very stress could be shaving more than three decades off our life expectancy as well. The American study also suggests that the amount of life lost due to stress varies significantly for people of different races, education levels and genders.
Warnings have been issued about the rising number of students who are struggling to cope with university life as there has been a sharp increase in the demand for counselling.
These services are currently facing an annual rise in demand of about 10% which equates to at least 115,000 students. The report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England even found that one institution witnessed an annual increase of more than 50%.
The number of people in the UK working excessive hours has risen by 15% since 2010 and it’s having a significant impact on our mental and physical health. As well as affecting our personal lives however, this is also causing a huge strain on the NHS and benefits system.
September can be an incredibly anxious time for children. They may be worried about starting at a new school, making new friends, dealing with new teachers and doinghomework and exams once again. If your child is struggling with the idea of going back to school, here are some great ideas to help ease them in gently.
Anxiety is an increasingly common condition in the UK and is now thought to affect approximately one in 25 people. This means chances are that you, a friend, a family member or work colleague will experience it at some point. Below are some interesting facts about anxiety and how it affects us.
According to a recent survey conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO), anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness is the world. The constant and overwhelming worry and fear is often crippling and can have a huge impact on the lives of sufferers so it’s no surprise that 70% of those who attempt suicide have an anxiety disorder.
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.
Social Anxiety Disorder is thought to affect up to 10% of the UK’s adult population yet only 5 - 10% of sufferers will seek professional help for it. Along with professional help, there are a number of things you can do yourself to help overcome shyness and social anxiety. While these do not replace counselling or other professional treatments, they can help.
Social Anxiety Disorder is commonly referred to as Social Phobia and is one of the most common anxiety disorders. It’s a persistent and overwhelming fear of social situations and can include intense fear and anxiety over simple everyday activities such as shopping or even speaking on the telephone.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is typically a reaction to a very stressful, frightening or distressing event so it seems unlikely that anyone could suffer from simply sitting at home on their computer.
Britain uncovered: our attitudes and beliefs on everything from stress to whether or not addicts should pay for their own treatment
Last month, the Guardian carried out a survey to find out the attitudes and beliefs of Brits when it comes to everything from money and how we would spend our time if there were more hours in the day to how we have been affected by mental health problems and whether free healthcare should remain.