Anxiety disorders are the most commonly reported mental health conditions.
In Australia, one in fourteen young Australians (6.9%) aged 4-17 experienced an anxiety disorder in 2015. (2)
In U.S.A, regional studies suggest that the combined prevalence of anxiety disorders is among the highest in childhood and adolescence. (3)
Anxiety can be experienced in different forms, some of them being generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobias and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of factors such as brain chemistry, genetics, personality type and life experiences.
Research shows that untreated anxiety in children leads to higher risk of performing poorly in school, missing out on important social experiences and engagement in substance abuse to cope with the symptoms of anxiety. With the right kind of help anxiety disorders can be managed effectively.
Map Of Mind presents information in a simple story form so that it is easily understood by teachers, parents and young people. It aims for early recognition of symptoms and introduces some techniques to manage these symptoms.