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Anxiety conditions

Being worried or anxious is part of every day life; anxiety can help us to be alert and ready for challenges. However when do anxious feelings become a disorder?

If you or someone you know are dealing with frequent panic attacks, finding that anxiety won’t go away or is preventing you from functioning at home or work; it might be time to tackle the issues or speak to a health professional.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders, affecting 14% of Australians every year. Women are more likely to develop anxiety than men. There are many forms of anxiety disorders, but the one thing they have in common is their impact on day-to-day activities.

Head to Health, an online gateway funded by the Australian Government that can help you find free and low-cost, trusted phone and online mental health resources, including information about anxiety disorders. Or find out more below.

Anxiety - symptoms, treatment and causes

People with anxiety disorders may be unable to stop worrying about seemingly unimportant things, and perceive situations as being worse than they are.

Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)

Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is a type of anxiety disorder characterised by uncontrollable worry that impacts on day-to-day life.

Social anxiety disorder

Social anxiety or phobia is a fear of social situations. People with social phobia can feel anxiety and fear even over everyday social outings.

Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia is linked to panic disorder, and can impact a person's ability to work or socialise with friends and family.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

For people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), unwanted negative thoughts can be constant and can start to take control of their lives.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Someone with PTSD experiences long-term fear, anxiety and memories of trauma that interfere with their ability to function.

Panic attack

Panic attacks are common, with up to 5% of Australians experiencing a panic attack at some stage in their life.

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