Research suggests that as many as 1 in 6 young people will experience an anxiety condition at some point in their lives.
Here are some examples of how you might feel if you are anxious
(as described by AnxietyUK):
- Feeling sick
- Feeling shaky/dizzy
- Feeling like you might faint/pass out
- Thinking unpleasant thoughts
- Thinking that you might “go crazy”
When anxiety gets really strong, you might experience a “panic attack”. This is when your body is getting ready to fight, freeze or to run away from a situation that we are viewing as dangerous. This is known as the fight, flight or freeze response. Again, it can be quite scary to experience, although it will not hurt you.
The current situation of lockdown and COVID19 (coronavirus) can feel intense and scary for many young people and may trigger episodes of anxiety, especially in people who have experienced anxiety before.
Join us for a webinar on Managing anxiety in children and young people, during lockdown and beyond. Tamsin Owen, Deputy Head & Clinical Psychologist and Gemma Armstrong, Assistant Psychologist; both with the Emotional Health Service of Achieving for Children will talk to us about practical strategies to help manage anxiety in young people.
Find more details about the webinar here and information about anxiety on the AnxietyUk website.