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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:


Anxiety that isn’t due to a specific event and worry about future events


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.


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
  • Headaches
  • Struggle sleeping
  • Change in eating habits (eating more or less)

With a Panic attack you may feel: 

  • Feeling dizzy
  • Nauseous
  • 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)
  • Bereavement
  • 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.




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