The symptoms of anxiety conditions are sometimes not all that obvious as they often develop slowly over time and, given we all experience some anxiety at various points in our lives, it can be hard to know how much is too much.

Normal anxiety tends to be limited in time and connected with some stressful situation or event, such as a job interview. The type of anxiety experienced by people with an anxiety condition is more frequent or persistent, not always connected to an obvious challenge, and impacts on their quality of life and day-to-day functioning. While each anxiety condition has its own unique features, there are some common symptoms including:

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Physical

• panic attacks • hot and cold flushes • racing heart • tightening of the chest • quick breathing • restlessness, or feeling tense • wound up and edgy

Psychological

• excessive fear • worry • catastrophizing, or • obsessive thinking

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Behavioural

• avoidance of situations that make you feel anxious which can impact on study, work or social life

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