Identifying mental health problems

Anxiety disorders

Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental health disorder in children, affecting as many as 10% of young people.

Symptoms of anxiety disorders

These fall into two groups: physical symptoms like headaches or feeling sick; and emotional symptoms like nervousness and fear.

Anxiety disorders, when severe, can affect a child's thinking, decision-making ability, perception of the environment and learning and concentration. It raises blood pressure and heart rate and can cause vomiting, stomach pain, ulcers, diarrhoea, tingling, weakness and shortness of breath.

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