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Women, Anxiety & Drinking

on June 23, 2014

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The number of people suffering from anxiety has doubled in the last five years and more women are affected than men, according to a survey by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF). The survey found that 22% of women say they ‘feel anxious a lot of the time’. In an article about the MHF study in today’s Telegraph, (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-health/10825167/Anxiety-Are-you-anxious-most-of-the-time.html) Beth Murphy, head of information at UK mental health charity Mind, explains: “Anxiety’s a word we use in general to describe worry; it’s hard to know when it becomes something more significant. But in a more clinical sense to be diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder, it’s more than just a little bit of worry.”

Murphy goes on to describe the main symptoms of anxiety. They include: having an irregular heartbeat; a racing pulse; panic attacks; thoughts endlessly going around your head; having trouble sleeping; and not wanting to leave the…

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3 responses to “Women, Anxiety & Drinking

  1. I have suffered from anxiety my entire life and never have had much relief. Even when things are OK, I borrow worry unnecessarily and hold onto it. Drinking has often been my quick fix or panacea. It is temporary but it works. I never learned how to cope outside of drinking but I do not drink a lot…only in social situations and occasionally at home. but I find it is all that works QUICKLY to make my mind res.

  2. Melisande Randall says:

    *rest

  3. judithhaire says:

    Thanks for commenting…………..

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