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What is it?

Anxiety is the feeling of fear or panic. Most people feel anxious, panicky or fearful about situations in life, such as money problems or exams but often once the difficult situation is over, you feel better and calmer. Sometimes the feelings of fear or anxiety continue after the difficult situation or sometimes you may feel a stronger sense of fear than other people and this is when anxiety becomes a problem and can affect you doing everyday things. Young people with anxiety usually experience anxiety in three ways: – generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), panic attacks or phobias.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms can include:

–       Feeling frightened, nervous or panicky all of the time

–       Difficulty sleeping and eating

–       Palpitations or a racing heart

–       Trembling

–       Faintness

–       Stomach cramps / diarrhoea

How is it treated?

–       You may be offered a course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which is a type of talking therapy that helps you to understand your thoughts, feelings and behaviour and helps you to think about things differently..

–  In a few select cases, the doctor may consider prescribing you with antidepressants called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or SSRIs which may help to calm you down and feel differently about things.


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