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Anxiety disorder

Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in Australia. Anxiety is a medical condition characterised by constant worry and affects more than two million Australians every year.

Anxiety affects an individual’s ability to concentrate, sleep and carry out ordinary tasks. 

Signs and symptoms of an anxiety disorder include:


  • hot and cold flushes
  • racing heart
  • tightening of the chest
  • quick breathing
  • restlessness
  • feeling tense
  • feeling wound up and edgy.


  • excessive fear
  • worry
  • catastrophising
  • obsessive thinking.
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Poor sleep
  • panic attacks


  • avoidance of situations that make you feel anxious (school, work, social life).

Anxiety can be managed with a variety of effective treatments. Depending on your symptoms, a medical professional may suggest lifestyle changes such as activity therapy/physical exercise, online therapies, or psychological and/or medical treatment.

It is important you seek advice from a professional to help determine the right treatment plan for you.

You can also ring services such as Lifeline on 13 11 14, who are available every day, 24 hours a day.


Resources regarding anxiety: 

If you are feeling distressed or need immediate assistance, please refer to: