WHAT IS ANXIETY?

A feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, everyone experiences some form of anxiety in their life but some people can find the symptoms a lot more severe. Anxiety is a consistent problem in the affected person’s life and can be very hard to deal with.

“People with General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) feel anxious most days and often struggle to remember the last time they felt relaxed. As soon as one anxious thought is resolved, another may appear about a different issue.”

NHS Definition of Anxiety

SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY:

  • Excessive worrying
  • Physical Sickness such as dizziness, headaches and throwing up
  • Panic Attacks
  • Insomnia

YOU NEVER HAVE TO DEAL WITH ANXIETY ALONE…

Tell someone you trust about how it affects you… A problem shared is a problem halved. Find other ways to tell people if you are afraid of doing it face to face Ask teachers or other staff for assistance Visit your GP or other health service they’d be happy to help.

Unhelpful thoughts usually come in the form of “what ifs,” “all-or-nothing thinking,” or “worst-case scenario”; “What if I fail this exam” “I am falling behind” “Why is everyone better than me?” It can then be good to take these worries and thoughts and let go and challenge the questions you ask yourself. “Is this worry realistic?” “Is this really likely to happen?” “If the worst possible outcome happens, what would be so bad about that?” “Could I handle that?” “What might I do?”

“The Best Ways to Deal with Anxiety”

Helping others who suffer from Anxiety:

Be there for them: be open and non-judgemental, let them tell you when they feel ready, don’t push them. Ideally try to give them important advice, refer them to teachers or professionals; offer to spend time with them more, sometimes all a person with anxiety needs is reassurance and understanding, be there for them.