Anxiety. Something hundreds teenagers have. It can be a dangerous debilitating illness and combined with the usual stresses on the shoulders of students, it can lead to unnecessary conclusions.
I am a 14 year old teenager who struggles with anxiety and panic attacks almost on a daily basis. It has halted many things within my life such as school and my social life. I remember being 12 or 11 and not knowing and understanding how to prevent these violent and emotionally fueled attacks. I have friends that I vent to and I’ve simply grown more mature and level headed which helps lessen the stresses but that’s only from experiences. I have had many difficult nights of just crying my eyes out and I don’t think anybody should ever feel that way. I really could’ve used some of the pointers that I will give you in a moment and I intend to help every scared and lost kid with them.
Anxiety is the feeling when the world seems to be crumbling around you. It’s different from depression in the sense that when you’re depressed, you’re numb but when you’re anxious, it feels as though you’re feeling every emotion at once and becomes quite a big mess. It usually occurs due to overthinking which is not an uncommon thing to, if fact, I find myself doing on an almost daily basis. It’s about learning how to control your thoughts and your physical responses and this is simply not an easy task because the physical responses are usually unwarranted and uncontrollable. Most people would rid of their anxiety if they could.
There are various causes for anxiety such as links to PTSD, being prone to panic, overthinking, OCD and many many more. Anxiety is normal. Many people experience it at various points in their life and sometimes it simply never goes away. It feels like a looming cloud, a constant worry but, you grow and find your own small tricks that help you to deal with it. I find that most teenagers who deal with anxiety don’t have the proper support of the people around them and this only adds to the mental turmoil. Being anxious and having anxiety are 2 different things. It’s not uncommon to feel totally alone during your attacks and it’s important to remember that you’re fine and that you’ll make i through. It’s the difference between having a full blown panic attack and worrying- either way, I think that these tips will help greatly.
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