We all struggle with mental health issues at some point in our lives. At M3 Health we are committed to breaking down the stigma attached to mental health issues. Let’s start a conversation with some of these frequently asked questions.
What is anxiety?
Put simply, anxiety is the emotion we experience when we feel something important is beyond our control. All of our emotions, including anxiety, act as signals that tell us things about our external environment. Anxiety can sometimes be helpful. For example it’s an uncomfortable emotion to experience. This discomfort can prompt us to take positive action to rectify a situation that we wouldn’t normally take if we felt comfortable.
The pandemic caused by COVID-19 has seen a dramatic increase in people suffering from anxiety. So many things exist outside of our control at the moment and anxiety is a very normal response to that. However, we are not designed to live in a constant state of anxiety.
Anxiety is most often diagnosed as a condition when people can’t switch off from this heightened state of worry. If anxiety affects your sleep, ability to concentrate or function in your day to day life these are signs you should seek help. Don’t let lock down stop you from reaching out. Our team of empathetic doctors are here to help. Book a telehealth consult today.
What is mental health?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”.