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Anxiety in adults


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About anxiety

Anxiety happens to everyone. We have all felt worried and anxious at some time in our lives. However, for some people anxiety dominates their lives. It can be so bad, and go on for so long it becomes difficult to function every day. If anxiety isn't treated, it can harm your mental and physical health and can affect your relationships with family and friends.

Anxiety is very common, and there are many different anxiety disorders. Anxiety often leads to or is linked with other mental health disorders.

Do I (or does someone I know) have an anxiety disorder?

There are many types of anxiety disorders. You can read about the symptoms of anxiety disorders on Beyond Blue (an Australian depression website). You may also like to try this self test to see if you might have an anxiety disorder.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated November 2014.

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Living with anxiety

Anxiety disorder treatments

More information about anxiety disorders

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