Understanding Anxiety

3 million Australians are living with anxiety or depression

Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, one in four people.

One in three women and one in five men, will experience anxiety at some stage in their life.

 In a 12-month period, over two million Australians experience anxiety.

Anxiety is common, but the sooner people with anxiety get support, the more likely they are to recover.

Anxiety is...

Over estimating the danger

and...

Underestimating your ability to cope

Types of Anxiety

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Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Generalised Anxiety Disorder

Chronic stress and feelings of pending doom.

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Separation Anxiety
Separation Anxiety

Often experienced by children and teens with a fear of leaving parents and caregivers. Separation causing great distress.

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Social Anxiety
Social Anxiety

Fear of socialising, longing to stay home, fear of embarrassment or something going wrong when you go out.

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Performance Anxiety
Performance Anxiety

Fear of public speaking that can feel overwhelming or even crippling

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Panic Attack
Panic Attack

Panic attacks and extreme physical response to stress and anxiety.

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Fear or Phobia
Fear or Phobia

An extreme fear of a place, person or thing. Can be a specific phobia or generalised.

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The Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

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Racing Thoughts

Rumination

Trouble Sleeping

Outburst of Anger

A sore or upset stomach

Grinding Teeth

Heart palpitations

Feeling of pending doom

Needing to go to be bathroom often

Feeling flushed and sweaty

Trembling and shaking

Chest pain

Shortness of breath

Common Behaviours of Anxiety

Anger
Anger

When we reach the flight or fight response we can often use anger as a defence because we feel threatened

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Clingy Behaviour
Clingy Behaviour

School refusal, upset tummy complaints and distress when leaving care giver

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Negative Self Talk
Negative Self Talk

Low self-worth and self-esteem

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Avoiding
Avoiding

A strategy to manage anxiety is to avoid people, places and situation that feel unsafe or unknown

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Sleep issues
Sleep issues

Anxiety can turn up when its time to sleep and the mind is left alone and quiet.

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Memory, Frustration and dispear
Memory, Frustration and dispear

Anxiety is associated with perfectionism, often self critical and prevents learning and accomplishments

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Isolation

Low self-esteem

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Perfectionism

Needing to
control
situations

Needing to control others.

Procrastination