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Jenny Edwards from the Mental Health Foundation says people who are feeling anxious need to seek help early.
The survey also revealed that Londoners were the least likely to go to their GP for anxiety problems. Just 22% said they would be likely to seek help for the condition.
A quarter of Londoners added that they thought feeling anxious was a sign of not being able to cope and the same amount of people said they would be embarrassed to tell someone they had anxieties. But only 9% said they thought it was something to be ashamed of.
1 in 5 Londoners feel anxious a lot of the time while more than 40% feel anxious at least once a week.
Personal relationships cause anxiety for 27% of those in the capital, money worries are the main concern for 43% and welfare of loved ones causes anxiety for around a third.
The revelations come from a survey by the Mental Health Foundation for Mental Health Awareness week.