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Anxiety in people who learn and think differently

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Causes of anxiety

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Genetic link between certain learning and thinking differences and anxiety

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People with ADHD are up to 3 times more likely to have anxiety

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Anxiety also often occurs with dyslexia, slow processing speed and sensory processing issues

What is anxiety?

It can refer to:
1. Feelings of worry that come and go
2. Anxiety disorder, where the feelings are intense and frequent
Anxiety is not the same as stress: Stress is a response to a challenge and usually temporary. But when the stress is ongoing, it can lead to anxiety.

Common signs of anxiety

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Has angry outbursts

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Is very sensitive

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Has pressing fears or phobias

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Can’t handle criticism

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Has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep

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Has panic attacks

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Is fidgety or restless

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Avoids social situations

Types of anxiety

Anxiety can be short-term and specific to certain situations, or it can be a long-term problem that affects many aspects of life.
More serious anxiety disorders:
1. Generalised anxiety disorder
2. Obsessive-compulsive disorder
3. Social anxiety disorder

What can help

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Self-regulation and soothing

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Talking to someone you trust such as friends or family

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Talk to a medical professional

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Therapy and medication

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