Who gets anxiety disorders?
Anxiety disorders most often start when people are teenagers.
Anyone can get one, but they are more common among women and girls. They are also more common in people who were neglected/abused as children, or who are neglected/abused as adults.
You don't need to have suffered trauma to have anxiety.
For some people stress from different sources can build up over time – for example from stressful events at home, work, and in relationships – until the worry and distress develop into an anxiety disorder.
Getting help for anxiety disorders
Is feeling nervous, anxious or worried a problem for you? Does it stop you from doing things you need or want to do?
If you answered yes to both of these questions, it's worth seeking help. As a first step, see your GP (family doctor).
A GP can assess your symptoms and refer you to see a psychiatrist or psychologist if you need it.
Anxiety disorders don't usually go away by themselves. But effective treatments are available.
Find out where to get help