Understanding Anxiety

Anxiety is a future based worry it can look like some or all of these:

  • Perfectionism

  • Shyness

  • Difficulty Leaving Parents

  • Sleep Disturbances/ Sleeping in Parents bed

  • Black and White thinking

  • Mood determined by external factors

  • Avoids people or situations

  • Constant worrying

  • Fear of failure or rejection

  • Jumping to conclusions

  • Catastrophising

  • Expecting the worst to happen

  • Takes things too personally

  • Tummy Aches

types of anxiety

Generalised Anxiety
  • Generalised Anxiety is the most common form of Anxiety.

  • It is characterised by excessive worry, negative expectancy, unrealistic expectations, perfectionism.

  • Feeling like they need the world to be ok for them to feel ok.

  • Need to be popular, worrying about being in trouble, needing to be good at school.

Social Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety:

  • Is Characterised by fear of being seen in a negative light, fear of speaking in public, feeling self conscious, they may struggle to form new friendships and be clingy.

  • Preferring to stay home rather than try new things.

  • OCD:

  • Is Characterised by persistent unwanted thoughts.

  • Worrying over germs, dirt, needing to do things over and over again to feel ok, Rumination of worry.

  • High need for external control to feel ok internally.

  • Obsessive behaviours

  • Compulsive actions or thoughts

  • Types of OCD include OCD Harm. Intrusive and upsetting thoughts.


Separation Anxiety:

It is Characterised by Children older than 2 years getting overwhelmed when you need to leave them. 

They may get lots of sore tummies, they may fear something bad might happen to you if you leave them.

They frequently visit the sick bay.

Separation Anxiety

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:

It is Characterised by a child who has lived through a traumatic event such or divorce or has witnessed something bad.

Notice changes in sleep, poor concentration, re-living the event.



Is Characterised by a specific fear such as spiders, bugs, planes, heights, dogs.