What is anxiety and depression?

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

How to recognise anxiety and depression

What is an anxiety disorder?

An anxiety disorder is a condition characterised by high levels of fear or worry that get in the way of a child's day to day life.

Common anxiety disorders include problems separating from a caregiver, difficulties in social situations (e.g. excessive worries about doing or saying something embarrassing), excessive worry that is difficult to control, and fears of specific events or objects (phobias).

Common symptoms of anxiety disorders include frequent tummy aches or headaches, irritability or being easily upset, constant worrying, feelings of panic, sleeping problems, frequent reassurance seeking, muscle tension and concentration problems.

Anxiety Disorders are among the most common emotional and behavioural difficulties experienced by young people. They often persist and are sometimes associated with other difficulties in later life. They can interfere with children's social, academic and home life. It is important that anxious children be provided with help in overcoming their difficulties.

What is depression?

Depression is a condition characterised by low mood or irritability that gets in the way of a young person's day to day life.

In addition to low mood or irritability, common symptoms include loss of interest or pleasure in almost all activities, eating problems, sleeping problems, tiredness, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, reduced ability to concentrate, and thoughts about suicide.

Depression is among the most common emotional and behavioural difficulties experienced by young people. It often persists and is sometimes associated with other difficulties later in life. It can interfere with social, academic and home life. As such, it is important that young people be provided with help in overcoming their difficulties.

 

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