What is anxiety?
Anxiety is the feeling of panic of unease about events that are happening or that can happen in the future, while stress is a human’s natural response especially to big chances or new situation a young person has never experienced before and can affect a young person thought, feeling and physical health, Anxiety is when the worrying last for a long time, when your worries are irregular to the situation or when it becomes upsetting for the young person.
Anxiety maybe categorized in 3 parts for young people:
GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER
Anxiety that isn’t due to a specific event and worry about future events
OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER
Anxiety and compulsions that can have a negative impact on the young person’s daily life and can be about cleaning or violence’s etc.
SEPARATION ANXIETY DISORDER
Anxiety that is formed from being separated from the person a young person has formed a bond with and feel that harm will come to them from being away from the individual.
What is a panic attack?
Panic attacks can be triggered by anxiety and is a body natural response to danger, Panic attacks can be severe for young people that they may avoid going out in public or socializing in fear of having a panic attack and being judge or made fun of. Places, people or situations may trigger a panic attack, but they can happen any time in the day or any place.
Feelings and possible cause of Anxiety and Panic attacks
With Anxiety you may feel like:
- Thinking the worse of every situation
- Raised heart rate
- Increase and rapid breathing
- Feeling sick/ vomiting
- Struggling to focus
- Struggle sleeping
- Change in eating habits (eating more or less)
With a Panic attack you may feel:
- Feeling dizzy
- Pain your chest
- Struggling to breathe
- Feeling they may have a heart attack or die
Possible causes of Anxiety and Panic attacks:
- School stress
- Family issues
- ACES (adverse childhood experiences)
- Substance use (drugs or alcohol)
- Abuse and neglect
While it may be hard to support both yourself and family or friends with Anxiety, the key point is not about being a doctor who knows it all but someone who can offer a friendly and understanding ear.
Here are some tips to support yourself:
- Don’t take on too much responsibility.
- Find support resources that you feel comfortable.
- Talk to people you trust about how you are feeling.
How you can support your friends and family:
- Don’t pressure people to talk about their thoughts or feelings.
- Offer support in terms of organizing support.
- Stay calm.
- Try and understand their experiences through research.
- Ask what you can do to support them (even if it just a friendly ear.