Young women


Having a bit of anxiety is part of life, but anxiety seems to be higher when you are young. So much is changing in your life: your body, friends, study paths, career paths, relationships, family - all can be challenging and change at this time. If you are worried or anxious about little things, big things, a few things or even lots of things, you have come to the right place. 

Explore the following pages to learn more about anxiety and worry, think about how anxiety affects you and find ways to help with those anxious thoughts and feelings. Below are the definitions for worry, anxiety and anxiety disorders. Read them and see if one sounds more like you. If you are unsure if you have anxiety or worry, go to our self-assessment pages to explore this some more.

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Young women

Dr Mandy Deeks, Psychologist, and Professor Jane Fisher, Jean Hailes Professor of Women’s Health at Monash University discuss anxiety and worry in adolescence.

How anxious do you feel?


Sometimes you are worried, feel out of sorts and bothered about some things - it doesn't feel that great, but that's part of daily life.

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Sometimes you get anxious - you get nervous and think something bad could happen you just know it, but that's part of being human.

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Anxiety disorders

When you are constantly worried, obsess over things and are frightened that something really bad is going to happen - it is almost impossible to get on with daily living.

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Created on 18/08/2013 | Updated on 24/10/2017
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