Team Maria
by on July 29, 2019
Everyone feels tense, worried or nervous from time to time. This is called anxiety or anxiety. This is a natural reaction to stress. The way of living anxiety varies from person to person. Some situations can cause more anxiety than others, and everyone deals with anxiety differently.

In small doses, anxiety can be a good thing. It can motivate us and make us more productive. A little jitters can make us study more for the next exam or help us prepare for a job interview. A surge of anxiety can even save our lives by helping us avoid danger.

However, too much anxiety can be a problem. If tension, fear and worry are present for too long and interfere with our daily activities, this could be a sign of an anxiety disorder. Like depression, anxiety disorders are common. In fact, sometimes depression and anxiety occur at the same time.

Anxiety disorders are associated with a number of factors, including:

• Have a parent who is suffering from depression or anxiety
• Family genetics
• Stressful situations at home, at school or in the community.

Encourage the young person with anxiety to talk to someone they trust. Anxiety disorders do not necessarily go away on their own, but they can be treated. A young person can do certain things to feel better.

Some types of anxiety disorders

There are many types of anxiety disorders. Everyone seems to have their own trigger. Here are some of the most common types:

Generalized anxiety disorder
This type of anxiety disorder is an excessive worry about different things. It can cause:
• agitation
• muscle tension
• difficulty concentrating
• difficulty sleeping

Young people with generalized anxiety disorders tend to be perfectionists and worry about what others think of them.

Social anxiety or social phobia
Phobias are fears. Social phobia refers to the fear of becoming the center of attention, being embarrassed or ridiculed in public. For example, being asked to stand up and speak in class can cause physical symptoms such as:

• blushing
• heart palpitations
• perspiration
• muscle tension
Social phobia is very common among teenagers. People with social phobia are often very shy, embarrassed and sensitive to criticism.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive-compulsive disorder refers to doing the same thing over and over again because of repeated anxious thoughts. For example, if a person becomes "obsessed" with the idea that there are germs everywhere that can make her sick, she can repeatedly wash her hands "compulsively" in order to kill germs. The problem is that the thought comes back and the person is washing his hands again. It can become a vicious circle. In fact, the cycle of anxious thoughts and compulsive reactions can become so constant that the person hardly thinks of anything else or does almost nothing else.

Manage Anxiety - Tips

If someone you know has an anxiety disorder, they can do a number of things to feel better. Here are some tips you can give:

Take care of yourself:

Eat well, sleep well, move your body! These healthy actions can reduce anxiety and have a positive effect on your body and mind.

Avoid taking alcohol and drugs. These substances may seem like a good way to feel better, but in the long run they can make things worse.

Become aware of what is causing your anxiety and reduce stress when you can.

Learn to relax:

It may sound simple, but learning to relax deeply can take time and practice. Techniques include deep breathing, mindfulness meditation, yoga and tai chi. Each of these activities help calm the body and mind. Courses can be offered at the school or at the local recreation center.

Find help

Find services near you by visiting the Health Options directory nearby.

Contact Kids Help Phone at 1 (844) 223-5435 or You'll find free, anonymous and confidential counseling on the phone and online, and you can refer youth to information resources and local help. Helplines are available to youth aged 5 to 20 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also chat at certain times - check the website for hours.

Talk to a counselor or the school nurse.
Talk to your doctor.
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