How does anxiety differ from depression? What help is there for sufferers of anxiety?

Anxiety is more than encountering everyday stress, it can be a constant worry and tension, even if there is little to stimulate it – however, anxiety can also be hidden as many people are not aware that they are actually affected by it, and so may see their symptoms as another condition or illness.

Anxiety can include mental health problems such as panic attacks, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorders. It therefore differs from depression (feelings of extreme, long-lasting sadness), although it is estimated that a large proportion of people diagnosed with depression do suffer from anxiety too.

Self Help Services offer CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and cCBT (Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to assist people overcome anxiety.

Self-help books and CDs are available to help with anxiety through the ‘Books on Prescription’ service available at your local library.

Anxiety UK and Anxiety Alliance are national charities that provide support to people struggling with anxiety through information and telephone support. Anxiety UK’s helpline can be contacted by calling 0844 477 5774, and Anxiety Alliance’s helpline can be contacted by calling 0845 296 7877.

Further information about anxiety can also be found online via Mental Health Directory, Mind, Sane and NHS Choices.