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What is Anxiety? A Summary

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives
Location
Online
Delivery
Online
Duration
4 minutes
Provider
Ausmed

Anxiety refers to a group of disorders that are collectively the most common mental health condition in Australia (Black Dog Institute 2018).

As per the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), anxiety is separated into two categories:

  • Anxiety disorders (generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, specific phobia, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder); and
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (related to body dysmorphic disorder, hoarding disorder, trichotillomania, and excoriation disorder).

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is an evolutionary safety mechanism that exists to keep humans safe from harm or danger by triggering the ‘fight or flight’ response (Black Dog Institute 2018).

It activates in response to a stressor, causing psychological and physical changes within the body so that the individual can confront the situation (Harvard Medical School 2018).

Every person experiences anxiety during their life - it is normal and often helpful. However, in some cases, anxiety is unnecessarily constant and overwhelming, interfering with a person’s ability to go about their daily lives. This could indicate an anxiety disorder (HelpGuide 2019; Healthdirect 2018).

Delivery
Title
What is Anxiety? A Summary
Speciality Classification
Location
Provider Type
Education Provider
Duration
4 minutes
Start Date
22-Mar-2020
End Date
22-Mar-2023
CPD Points
4m of CPD
Price
Free
Location
Online
Price:
Free
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