Anxiety & Worries / Fears

Although anxiety is considered a normal reaction to stress, over time it can develop into a disorder when it becomes excessive. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders in Australia. Nearly one in 10 people will experience some type of anxiety disorder in any one year – around one in 12 women and one in eight men. Symptoms include:

  • Generalised anxiety disorder (general and debilitating worry that’s been present most days over a six-month period)
  • Social phobias – fear of social situations
  • Specific phobias – for example a fear of open spaces (agoraphobia) or enclosed spaces (claustrophobia)
  • Panic disorders – frequent and debilitating panic attacks
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Post traumatic stress disorder

Some common forms of anxiety in children are:

  • Fears of the dark, dogs, spiders, heights, storms
  • Separation anxiety 
  • Transitioning to the next school year
  • Getting things wrong (Perfectionism)

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