Increasing number of people experiencing anxiety and depression

The number of people living with anxiety, depression and related mental health issues is on the rise, new data suggests.

In 2016, as many as 64.7 million prescriptions for antidepressants were issued to patients – almost double the number of prescriptions dispensed ten years ago in 2006.

Researchers from Cambridge University are calling on people living with generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) and other anxiety-related conditions to practice a number of novel techniques in order to help them to control their symptoms.

People living with GAD often feel consumed with worry and dread – and researchers say that one way to alleviate such stressful feelings is to “wait to worry”.

Simply put, scientists are advising those who feel on the brink of anxiety to cast aside or “postpone” their worry, arguing that fear is never as bad when it is returned to at a later time.

Another interesting technique Cambridge University researchers are pushing is to dive into tasks head-first, as opposed to hesitating.

Researchers say that, when faced with a difficult task that spurs on anxiety, it is better to “do it badly” than to spend a long period of time worrying and procrastinating while trying to figure out how to “do it well”.

Those living with anxiety are also advised to stop criticising themselves so harshly.