Anxiety Sufferers Can Take Up To Ten Years To Reach A Diagnosis

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9 April 2019

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New research has shown that the average diagnosis for anxiety takes nearly a decade in Australia, despite it being the most common mental health condition.

The NPS MedicineWise survey shows that it takes the average person with an anxiety disorder over eight years to seek help - and this is something that is drastically underestimated by those in the early stages of identifying that they may be demonstrating anxious behaviours.

The research shows that 69 per cent of Australians believe it takes under five years for a person to see professional help.

"Delay relates to the time it takes to realise that what you are experiencing could be part of an mental health problem, such as an anxiety disorder," NPS MedicineWise medical advisor Dr Jeannie Yoo said, reports SMH.

 

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