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What is an anxiety disorder?
An anxiety disorder is a serious mental
health condition that is not well
understood by the majority of Australians.
Many link it with stress, or anxiety before a
test, or a large occasion; but anxiety
disorder is much, much worse. Small
amounts of stress or anxiety are normal, as
they generally get you excited and ready
for whatever you are about to do. But
having an anxiety disorder means you feel
extremely anxious or stressed for long
periods of time for no particular reason.…read more

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Who gets the condition and how
common is it?
Anyone can get an Anxiety Disorder at any
time and approximately 25 percent of
Australians will be diagnosed with a
disorder that will need treatment,
sometime in their life.…read more

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What are the symptoms?
If one has had feelings of ongoing worry,
has found it hard to concentrate because of
the worry, and had trouble doing everyday
activities such as going to school or work,
doing things they enjoyed, or talking to
family or friends, it is important to consult
a GP or counsellor.
Other symptoms include restlessness,
trouble sleeping and feeling irritable.…read more

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Explain some of the 'types' of this
There are 5 different types of Anxiety
Disorders: General Anxiety Disorder (GAD),
Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive
Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
GAD means that anxiety cannot be controlled
and usually continues for days after the
stressful event has occurred.
Panic disorder, or panic attacks, are short
periods where the person can feel shortness of
breath, dizziness, and a rapid heartbeat. This is
not necessarily a anxiety disorder.
OCD is the most common form of anxiety
disorder. It OCD is characterised by "recurrent
obsessions or compulsions that are time
consuming or cause significant distress or
impairment." (From Anxiety Australia)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder develops after…read more

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List and explain factors believed to
contribute to the onset of this disorder.
There are few contributing factors to
getting an anxiety disorder. If there is
family history of the disorder, there is
more chance that person will be diagnosed
with it. Recent stressful happenings, such
as a family member dying, abuse, or
moving house or work can bring on
Anxiety Disorders, as can poor physical
health. Personality traits such as poor self
esteem and being a "perfectionist" can also
lead to developing an Anxiety Disorder.…read more

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