Anxiety and Me

Anxiety and Me

Some of you may be thinking of a lot of questions right now such as: What is anxiety? How do you know if you have it? What are the symptoms? And even more questions I’m sure. Let me answer all of those for you and make your knowledge a lot clearer. 

Anxiety is a mental health condition, when people have anxiety they frequently tend to worry or fear everyday situations. There are many types of anxiety disorder, but they’re all linked into the idea of episodes due to fear. This disorder often involves experiences of fear, which leads into panic attacks in minutes. Anxiety is often triggered by past childhood experiences, living situations, peer pressure and of course exams. Many teenagers get anxiety when it comes to their exams because of all the revising and the thought of themselves failing, this creates so much stress and worry that they overwhelm themselves, leading to anxiety.

The symptoms of anxiety are:

  • Feelings of panic and fear.

  • Problems sleeping.

  • Cold or sweaty hands or feet.

  • Numbness.

  • Your mouth becoming dry.

  • Not being able to stay still and keep fidgeting.

  • The shortness of breath.

Anxiety can affect people on a day-to-day basis by changing their behaviour and moods, making themselves isolated from other people so they can be alone to deal with their thoughts, without the help from others around them, may be the case for some people with anxiety, others may be affected
in different ways. 

Ways to help someone who has anxiety can be to:

  • Try to distract them from what they are feeling.

  • Focus on their feelings and understand how they may be feeling.

  • Be patient with them and know what it may be like to be in their shoes.

  • Have a laugh and put the stress behind them.

I know that if you are someone close to a person who has anxiety it can be hard sometimes, as there is nothing that can get rid of it and they are stuck with it, but remember they are going through a lot more than we can imagine, all we can do is be there for them and help them through it.

Dr Kate Blackford Speaks

Dr Kate Blackford Speaks

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