Housing Association Respond found between 22% and 30% of mothers in social housing showed signs of depression that may be clinically significant, with a fifth of those survwyed showing signs of hopelessness. A continuing casualty of the collapse of the Celtic Tiger and highlighting the prevalence of mental illness amongst low income families.
Generalised anxiety can be regarded as extreme worry and anxiety; it is severe tension that interferes with our daily life. It si much more than the normal anxiety thst people experience day-to-day basis, generalised anxiety means anticipating tragedy and often worrying extremely about family, money and health. Other minor issues such as chores or appointments can also cause chronic anxiety and for some, just getting through the day can cause worry.
Trouble sleeping is common with this disorder and other physical symptoms such as fatigue, muscle aches, irritability, headaches and sweating are frequent. This can lead to problems concentrating and working effectively, therefore causing the sufferer further distress.
Generalised anxiety is usually diagnosed when the individual spends at least six months worrying excessively about normal everyday problems. The disorder rarely exists alone, usually being accompanied by depression, alcohol or drug abuse or another anxiety disorder. Generalised anxiety can be treated, but the accompanying conditions must also be dealt with too.
Liam Herlihy MIACP,