Anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling you get of unease, worry or fear and can be mild, really strong or anywhere in between. Anyone can be affected by anxiety, even the most confident appearing people. People can feel anxious about lots of different things such as sitting an exam, going to new places, meeting new people or worrying about the relationships we have. The important thing to remember is that we can all be affected.

When someone is feeling anxious they can feel lots of different things happening to their body, which could include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Shakiness
  • Feeling nauseous
  • Sweating
  • Dilated pupils
  • Feeling tense
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling hot and sweaty

The symptoms can feel really scary and distressing but remember that these are natural responses when you are feeling uneasy, worried or scared.

Some young people develop anxiety after stressful events, which could include:

  • Moving house
  • Arguments happening where you live
  • Becoming seriously ill
  • Being the victim of a crime or bullying

There are lots of different types of anxiety.

Separation Anxiety

Young people can feel separation anxiety when they are worried about not being close to a parent or carer. This could include situations such as:

  • A parent or carer having to go work away for a period of time
  • Going to school and leaving a parent or carer at home
  • A parent or carer going away on holiday and staying with another trusted adult

Phobic Disorders

Phobic disorders are when you have a really strong fear of an object or thing. This could be around social interactions a specific object or situation.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Worrying is the main feature of GAD. Young people who are suffering from GAD can feel anxious, apprehensive and out of control most of the time. You can experience GAD for different reasons such as worrying about daily events like looking after others, attending schools or worrying about worry.

Panic Disorder

Panic Disorder is having frequent unexpected panic attacks. A panic attack is a sudden and intense fear that could give you palpitations, sweating or shortness of breath. You can have a panic attack for different reasons such as the fear of embarrassment, harm, fainting or dying.

Tips

Remember that everyone can have anxiety and we need this emotion. We can also try to control our body symptoms when feeling anxious by trying some deep breathing. This is a good technique as it stops our body from being in a heightened state and helps to calm our body down and reduce the feeling of anxiety we are having.

 

If we always avoid what makes us feel anxious, we will never be able to manage it and therefore it is important to try and tolerate the distress whenever we can.

Mindfulness is a great way you can help to manage your emotions. This is where you focus on the present such as concentrating on what’s happening right now. By doing this you should be able to gain an awareness of your feelings and thoughts. By understanding and practising mindfulness, you can learn to cope better with stressful situations.

Sometimes, when we feel worried, we can take fast or shallow breaths. This can sometimes lead to dizziness or chest pain, which can end up with us feeling even more worried and can lead us into a vicious circle.

Doing breathing exercises on a regular basis can be a healthy habit for life. Breathing exercises are great because you can do them anywhere, anytime! Try some breathing exercises here.

Where to get help

If you are suffering from feelings of anxiety a lot of the time you can always go and see your Doctor for help, advice and to gain a diagnosis if needed.

You can also contact BUZZ US to discuss this anonymously

You can ask school or college to contact Compass BUZZ and request support so we can support your teacher with ideas about how they can support you.

Here are some useful websites you can also look at:

https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/get-help/anxiety-information/young-people-and-anxiety/

http://www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk/anxiety.asp