Anziety Fact Sheet

AccessAbility Services Anziety Fact Sheet

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Students with a Psychiatric Condition - A Guide for Staff

What is Anxiety?



What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal and helpful human emotion to help us deal with challenging situations. Everyone experiences anxiety, however, some people experience irrational and excessive anxiety that may be ongoing, distressing and disruptive.

People with anxiety may experience feelings of impending danger, powerlessness, apprehension, and tension in situations that do not warrant it. Anxiety may begin to interfere with the person’s daily life.


  • Trembling or shaking

  • Shortness of breath

  • Dizziness

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Nausea

  • Nightmares

  • Frequent repetition of ritualised behaviours such as hand washing

  • Uncontrollable obsessive thoughts


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