Everyone gets anxious from time to time – it’s a normal response to stressful situations like having a job interview. But for some people, the feelings of anxiety can be a lot more extreme and become what’s known as an anxiety disorder.
- Generalised anxiety disorder is where someone feels anxious about a number of things on most days over a long period of time – six months or more.
- Phobias, including social phobia are when someone feels very fearful about a particular object or situation and it interferes with life. Examples are fear of attending social events, driving over bridges, or travelling on planes.
Anxiety disorders can be managed and overcome with help. It’s important to recognize and treat them as soon as possible. Talk to your GP or health practitioner if anxiety is causing you problems.
To find out more about anxiety disorders or get support, visit the websites below.
Information and resources on recognising and understanding depression.
The Health Navigator NZ website helps you find reliable and trustworthy health information and self-help resources.
The Ministry has funded free access to this British Medical Journal website for people browsing the web from New Zealand.
Developed by the Starship Foundation and the Paediatric Society of New Zealand.
The Phobic Trust
A non-profit organisation aiming to educate, support and treat severe anxiety, phobic and obsessive compulsive disorders.
Anxiety Support Canterbury
A non-profit organisation working for people who experience, or support others who have, any form of anxiety.
Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation provides free information and training, and advocates for policies and services that support people with experience of mental illness.
Health information from the UK National Health Service.