Professor Jane Fisher, Jean Hailes Professor of Women’s Health at Monash University and Dr Mandy Deeks, Psychologist, have a conversation about anxiety and worry in midlife.
Women of all ages are likely to experience anxiety more than men but between the ages of 35 and 64 more than 20% will have had an anxiety disorder over the past 12 months. The middle years are a long and busy time. Physical changes can range from pregnancy, childbirth to menopause. Relationships can be new, old and new again. Careers can start, be put on hold, start up again. There is a lot to think about and do. It is little wonder anxiety and worry can be high at this time. If you would like to know more about worry and anxiety at this time in your life you have come to the right place.
Explore the following pages to learn more about anxiety and worry, think about how anxiety affects you and find ways to help with those anxious thoughts and feelings. Below are the definitions for worry, anxiety and anxiety disorders. See if one sounds more like you. If you are unsure if you have anxiety or worry, go to our self-assessment pages to explore your thoughts and feelings further.
Worry is about being concerned about, but not lost in all of the changes, demands and confusion you feel.Learn more
Anxiety is when you sometimes feel the chaos of life, that things are not as they once were and you feel unsure whether to cry, scream or give up if one more thing is added.Learn more
Anxiety disorder is when your sense of how to cope and who you are feels like it has been replaced by constant fear, excessive worry and daily life is hard to do.Learn more
Not sure? Use our quick self assessment tool to check.
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