Anxiety disorders are common, but there are effective treatments

Posted by Sharyn Rognrust, Category: Anxiety, Mental Health,

Key points 

  • Anxiety disorders are the most commonly reported mental health problem in Australia, affecting at least 14% of the population aged 16–85 years. 
  • Under-recognition of anxiety and mood disorders by patients means the average time from symptom onset to seeking help is 8.2 years. 
  • Health professionals are encouraged to select and tailor treatment for anxiety disorders in collaboration with each patient. 
  • CBT is an appropriate first-line treatment for almost all types of anxiety disorders. 
  • When medicine is needed, SSRIs are the recommended first-line medicine choice. 

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