Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, 1 in 4 people will experience anxiety at some stage in their life. Anxiety disorders are physical and mental conditions that are related with fear, and persistent worry and stress about things happening or not in everyday situations. These conditions affect the ability to function effectively at home, in relationships, at work, school or in other social environments.
There are several types of anxiety disorders, including social anxiety, separation anxiety, generalized anxiety and substance induced anxiety.
Phobias are also a type of anxiety disorder. They are an overwhelming unreasonable fear of objects or situations that may pose little or no danger. They can cause severe anxiety and depression.
Types of phobias include
- Social phobias – fear of social situations
- Specific phobias – i.e. agoraphobia (fear of open spaces), claustrophobia (fear of closed spaces) amychophobia (fear of failure).