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Your brain when you're anxious
The brain is very complex! But let’s simplify things a bit, ...
"Anxiety disorders can only be diagnosed by a GP, psychologist, psychiatrist or other medical professional. Kids Helpline counsellors cannot diagnose you with an anxiety disorder."
– Amanda, Kids Helpline Counsellor
Panic Disorder can involve having ‘panic attacks’. A panic attack is an intense fear that grows and peaks within a few minutes and has physical symptoms that might include:
Feeling very tired
Fear you are dying
Feeling short of breath
Fear of losing control
Fear of 'going crazy'
Feeling detached from yourself
Feeling like you are choking
Nausea or stomach/digestion issues
Sense of ‘unreality’/things feel ‘surreal’
Heart palpitations or rapid heartbeat
Like many other anxiety disorders, Phobias are out of proportion to the actual danger their fear poses. This means that someone is intensely afraid of a mouse (for example), even though they know intellectually that a mouse wouldn’t hurt them and would likely run away from them. Also like other anxiety disorders, Phobias result in distress and avoiding the situation. They also usually last six months or more.
The obsessions/compulsions are time-consuming (take up more than one hour per day), disrupt your everyday life and cause distress.
Some examples of obsessive compulsive disorders include:
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