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Anxiety is the body’s physical response to a threat or perceived threat. It causes a pounding heart, rapid breathing, butterflies in the stomach and a burst of energy as well as mental responses such as excessive fears, worries or obsessive thinking.


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Addiction is a physical or psychological need to do, take or use something, to the point where it could be harmful to you. This article describes the types, causes and signs of addiction, and where to get help.

Addiction is most commonly associated with gamblingdrugs

both illicit and prescription, alcohol and nicotine, but it's possible to be addicted to anything, such as shopping, pornography, work and computers.


Body image refers to the way you see your physical self — your body — and the thoughts and feelings that are caused by the way you see it.

Having a healthy body image means being comfortable and knowing that there is more to you than just your physical appearance. You accept your body, including its limitations, and appreciate it.


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Depression is among the most common of all mental health conditions, and impacts many Australians every day. While we all get sad, feel low or lacking in energy at times, people with depression experience these feelings more intensely and for longer. They can find it difficult to carry on with regular daily tasks during periods of depression.


Grief is the natural emotional response to the loss of someone close, such as a family member or friend. Grief can also occur after a serious illness, a divorce or other significant losses.

Grief often involves intense sadness, and sometimes feelings of shock, numbness or even denial and anger. For most people, the intensity of grief eases over time and the episodes of grief become less frequent.

Grief is a process or journey that affects everyone differently. It can be exhausting and emotionally draining, making it hard to do simple things or even leave the house. Some people cope by becoming more active


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Stress is a common and normal physical response to challenging or new situations. Stress has both mental and physical aspects. When you are stressed, your body releases stress hormones such as adrenaline. This brings on physical changes in your body, which help you respond to the stressful situation.


Very frightening or distressing events may result in a psychological wound or injury. This trauma can result in difficulty in coping or functioning normally.

Everyone's reaction to potentially traumatic experiences is different. Most people recover well with the help of family and friends and do not experience long-term problems.

Some people experience problems directly after the traumatic event or much later.


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