- People with anxiety disorders experience fear, worry or dread which is out of proportion to the circumstances and interferes with their daily functioning
- Physical feelings of anxiety include a faster heart rate, faster breathing, muscle tension, sweating, shaking, and 'butterflies in the stomach'. In a 'panic attack', these symptoms are very severe.
- Many young people with anxiety problems also have symptoms of depression at the same time.
- Some people with anxiety drink alcohol or take drugs to ease the discomfort or to make them feel more confident. This can make things worse in the long run, as it covers up the problem rather than dealing with it.
- Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem experienced by young people. In Australia, anxiety disorders are estimated to affect about one in every 10 young people aged 18–24 years, with the rates being higher among young females (14%) compared to males (8%). The most common anxiety disorders reported by young Australians are social anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
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- Research has shown that talking therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and exposure therapy are effective in reducing anxiety symptoms in children and adolescents.
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- A person with anxiety problems needs understanding and support. Anxiety can be improved with treatment, so it's important that the person gets professional help.
Reavley, NJ, Cvetkovski, S, et al. Help-seeking for substance use, anxiety and affective disorders among young people: Results from the 2007 australian national survey of mental health and wellbeing. Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 2010;44(8):729-735.