The Reality of Preschool Anxiety Disorders

Most people think that younger children can’t have anxiety. They think that because children do not have much of a life experience, what do they have to be anxious about? The truth is very different. Almost 20% of pre-schoolers (aged 3 to 4) have an anxiety condition. Anxiety can be linked with depression and problems with behaviour and sleeping. Due to this, it is important to treat the condition as early as possible. …

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Anxiety Disorders: You Are Not Alone And You Can Beat This

What is anxiety? Anxiety is the body’s way of responding to danger and in fact is quite normal. It is an automatic alarm that goes off when you feel threatened, afraid or under stress. It motivates us to study harder and warns us when we are in dangerous situations. When you experience anxiety, your body’s fight-flight-freeze response is triggered. You might feel like running from the situation (flight), yelling or …

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No, I Can’t ‘Just Relax’: How I Learned To Manage My Anxiety Disorder

Lifehacker Australia According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders fall along an entire spectrum. One of the most common is Generalized Anxiety Disorder, which is the closest to what I deal with, but you can also suffer from panic disorders that cause sudden and repeated panic attacks, or social anxiety disorders that tend to crop up when dealing with other people. Mental health problems don’t come in …

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Anxiety and addiction

Anxiety In contrast to fear, which is a response to a realistic immediate danger, anxiety is a fearful response occurring in the absence of a specific danger or real threat. According to the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental disorder in the population with a one-year prevalence of 9.7% in Australian adults. The fear and worry associated with anxiety arises in response …

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Teen girls twice as likely to suffer depression than boys, research shows

Posted Thu 16 Jan 2014, 5:54pm AEDT Girls are nearly twice as likely than boys to experience bouts of depression and anxiety in their teenage years, a study by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has found. Researchers monitored nearly 2,000 students from high schools in Victoria, between 1992 and 2008. They were each tested eight times for mental disorders, between the ages of about 15 years and 29 years. The …

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Feeling down: when does a mood become a disorder?

By Gordon Parker and Amelia Paterson We’ve all felt sad, anxious or down at one time or another, but where does the normal experience of emotion end and the clinical picture of a mood or anxiety disorder begin? Psychiatry has two widely used classificatory systems that provide definitions of “clinical” states of such emotions as differentiated from “normal” states – the World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Diseases and the …

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Disasters affect us in many ways.

Damage to or destruction of homes, property and cherished belongings together with the obvious physical effects including loss of loved ones, pain or physical challenges are usually apparent.  Initial short-term emotional effects such as fear, acute anxiety, grief, emotional numbness etc are very common. However the emotional impact of a disaster often manifests some time later and can continue for many years to come. Whilst effective disaster management seems to …

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Six Month Follow-Up on Risk Factors for Suicidal Ideation among College Students: A Longitudinal Examination

Study to be discussed at the 12th International Mental Health Conference on the Gold Coast in August 2011  Oren Shtayermman, PhD  This study was a six month follow-up in a longitudinal study examining the following in adolescents and young adults attending college: 1) the level of suicidal ideation, prevalence of comorbid psychiatric disorders (Major Depressive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder), degree of peer victimization, and 2) the association of …

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