Feeling Anxious

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FEEL ANXIOUS?

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe.

Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. For example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam, or having a medical test or job interview. During times like these, feeling anxious can be perfectly normal. But some people find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can often affect their daily lives.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

Anxiety feels different for everyone. You might experience some of the physical and mental effects listed on this page, as well as effects in other areas of your life.

You might also have experiences or difficulties with anxiety that aren't recognised here.

WHO MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP?

Despite trying hard to do things yourself, we always need more help sometimes, remember that this is okay, that it is normal, and it is brave to admit as such. See below for some useful links to further support:

  • Speak to your GP, visit nhs.uk or phone 02033176670 to find out about free confidential support

  • Kooth offers confidential online support for young people aged 11 to 18 at Kooth.com

  • Anna Freud is also a great website, just head to the tab labelled ‘Young People’ for more guidance

  • Togetherall is a community of members who talk openly about their worries, helping each other by sharing what’s troubling them in a safe and anonymous environment with trained guides.

  • Whatever you’re going through Samaritans are there to listen – phone 116 123

  • If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, phone the 24-hour crisis line on 020 3317 6333

  • Young minds is a fantastic website full of useful information on a range of issues

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