Personally, I have dealt with anxiety for a few years, I guess from around year 8. Anxiety can come in a variety of forms for each individual. It can go from not being able to do certain activities or tasks in fear of the outcome or it could be due to how you see and feel about yourself. Anxiety can also be linked to other disorders and conditions like depression or OCD.
Some people may view anxiety as a ‘worry’ about an exam or a test that is coming up at school or an outside activity like dance, but that is short term anxiety. Having an anxiety disorder is much more complicated than worrying about an exam. If you suffer with anxiety itself, it can weave its way into your everyday life, meaning you start to get anxious about things that before you could do without worry. Tasks such as going out with friends or being somewhere by yourself become much more difficult.
Alongside anxiety can come problems such as panic attacks, self -harm and also eating disorders in some cases. Anxiety causes a huge change in yourself and it is hard to control but getting the right help can be essential to being able to tame your anxiety.
If initially seeing a professional is a difficult one for you, as it was and still is for me, then ensure that you have a good, supportive friendship group around you who understand. Even if this just starts off as one friend or one family member, it is always important to have someone that you feel comfortable talking to. And if you become comfortable enough to seek professional help, push yourself to do it. Professionals are the ones trained to help people with mental health issues as well as those that are physical. They know exactly how to deal with what you are feeling.
Some sources for help:
Macy is 17 years old and decided to become involved with Student Life because she saw it as a huge opportunity to help others in the realm of mental health.