Yes, it is a thing!
At some point or another, you have most likely had your child come home saying they don’t like maths. One of the underlying reasons for feeling this way is often because they feel that they can’t do it.
Everyone is capable of learning in the area of maths however research is continually undertaken in this area and it is believed that at least 20% of the US population are highly anxious about maths and given the cultural similarities between Australia and the US, we can assume that this number would be comparable.
Click this link to access a short TED ED Youtube clip titled Why do people get so anxious about Maths? which further explains the research done in this area.