Anxiety is a natural human reaction to something which is frightening and threatening, or stressful in any way.
The body will respond with a sudden release of adrenaline into the bloodstream, causing breathing and heart rate to become faster. This happens to anyone faced with a situation that is threatening and over which they feel they have no control. We all experience it sometimes, but it goes away once the threatening thing is over.
When these anxious feelings and side-effects continue, or get in the way of your life, it can become a problem and may mean you are experiencing an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety can be overwhelming – you might feel tense and worried, or even scared and may experience physical symptoms such as nausea, chest pain, sweating, nervousness, or headaches.
Many factors can trigger anxiety – family issues, bereavement, harsh or inconsistent discipline, school problems, perfectionism, stress, or a traumatic experience – to which people react in different ways. Some people experience very specific anxiety disorders like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or phobias of specific objects.
There are lots of things that can help you if you are struggling with anxiety – talking to friends or family, speaking to your GP, learning more about anxiety, relaxation and mindfulness, and many other things.
Watch the video below to hear other young people talking about their experience of anxiety, and what helped them.
If you would like further help or information, then please follow any of the recommended resources below. You are not alone, there are lots of people and services that can help you, and things can get better.
Learn more about Anxiety
YoungMinds help pages about anxiety link
Learn more about anxiety
Anxiety UK help pages about anxiety link
Ring Childline for free on 0800 1111 if you are under 18 years old or visit their website:
Or ring Hopeline for free on 0800 068 4141 f you are age 18-35
Text the crisis textline
Text “SHOUT” to 85258
Shout Crisis Text Line offers confidential 24/7 crisis text support for times when you need immediate assistance.
Text anytime, or visit their website here
Talk to a counsellor online
Get free online counselling with Kooth link
If it is an emergency…
Link to crisis help page