What is an anxiety disorder?

We all feel nervous or worried sometimes. Often, such feelings serve as warning signals about
a particular issue and they can motivate us to take action to avoid a problem. Like adults, most
teenagers also have periods of worry and anxiety in their lives, and these are usually connected
to current events in their lives, such as exams or going to a new school etc.
These worries and anxieties disappear once the stressful or worrying event has passed.

However, some people experience unexpected or unhelpful anxieties that are intense,
and which occur without any current external cause. Such anxiety can seriously impact
their lives, including how they think, feel, and act, going on to cause difficulties with
academic work, social interactions, sleep and family life.

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