Anxiety, What is

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Anxiety means feeling worried, nervous, or fearful. We all experience anxiety at times and some anxiety can be helpful and helps us function well. For example, feeling anxiety before a test, interview, or public-speaking can help you prepare for it.

When you are threatened or in actual danger, anxiety acts as an alarm system to keep you from harm. It triggers your “flight-fight-freeze” response that helps prepare your body to defend itself. It might have you run from the situation (flight), yell or cry (fight), or become very alert (freeze).

Children and youth often have many more fears than adults do as they try to make sense of their world. Most childhood fears are normal and go away eventually. It is important to think about age and what is common when considering whether anxiety is becoming a problem.

Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health problems among children and youth. Children may be diagnosed with more than one anxiety disorder or with anxiety and other mental health challenges.

Types of Anxiety Disorders

There are  five types of anxiety disorders in children and youth.

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  • Separation Anxiety Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder (or Social Phobia)
  • Specific Phobias
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Panic Disorder

 

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