Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. 1 in 4 people will experience anxiety at some stage in their life.
Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried.
While stress and anxious feelings are a common response to a situation where we feel under pressure, they usually pass once the stressful situation has passed, or ‘stressor’ is removed.
Everyone feels anxious from time to time. When anxious feelings don’t go away, happen without any particular reason or make it hard to cope with daily life it may be the sign of an anxiety condition.
Common symptoms include:
- Physical: panic attacks, hot and cold flushes, racing heart, tightening of the chest, quick breathing, restlessness, or feeling tense, wound up and edgy
- Psychological: excessive fear, worry, catastrophizing, or obsessive thinking
- Behavioural: avoidance of situations that make you feel anxious which can impact on study, work or social life.
There are many ways to help manage anxiety and the sooner people with anxiety get support, the more likely they are to recover.
Research supports that the beneficial effects of acupuncture on health, including mental and emotional functioning, are related to different mechanisms of action, including changes in neurotransmitters involved in emotional regulation such as serotonin, modulation of the autonomic nervous system, and changes in immune function. Studies show it may be helpful in the treatment of anxiety.
If you are already taking anti-anxiety medication, some studies report that acupuncture enhances the response to your prescription medication and may also reduce medication side effects.