We all experience feelings of anxiety at some point in our life. Take control, get some support.
What can begin as normal, everyday anxiety, can develop into something more serious, like persistent anxiety, a panic phobia, or obsessional disorder.
Mental health problems such as anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ('OCD') are more common than people think –
'1 in 5 people experience anxiety on a daily basis' - ONS report, 2013
- and the symptoms of anxiety can be managed if treatment is sought early.
It is important to ensure that people affected by anxiety have access to accurate information, advice and ongoing support as we know that early intervention often prevents the development of more entrenched and difficult to treat anxiety disorders.
Learn more about anxiety...
Click the images below to find out how to recognise the signs and learn how to manage your anxiety before it begins to have a negative impact on your wellbeing.
Self-improvement, support and treatment
There are many ways you can help ease the symptoms of anxiety yourself or for others.
Visit the links below to find out more:
- NHS Choices - Anxiety Self-Help and Treatment
- NHS Choices - Dealing with Panic Attacks
- Living Life to the Full
UK charity, Anxiety UK, works to support those living with anxiety disorders. They also provide information and resources about anxiety. Click the image below to find out more.
Young people and anxiety
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems affecting young people with around 20% experiencing an anxiety disorder at a given time (this equates to around 5 people in every class).
- 13.3% of 16 – 19 year olds and 15.8% of 20 – 24 year olds have experienced an episode of anxiety
- 0.9% of 16 – 19 year olds and 1.9% of 20 – 24 year olds have experienced an episode of obsessive compulsive disorder.
(Source: Anxiety UK)
Some young people find that if their anxiety symptoms are fairly mild, they might be relieved with lifestyle changes like getting regular exercise or self-help strategies and well as support from family and friends.
If your symptoms of anxiety are moderate to severe you might need additional treatment such as psychological and/or medical treatment.
Useful links for young people:
If you or someone you know suffers from anxiety, or you'd just like to know more about the condition, download the Mental Health Foundations booklet: Are you Anxiety Aware? A guide to living with Anxiety
If you are worried you may not be feeling 100% and want to find out more information we would encourage you to visit the NHS Moodzone page by clicking the below image.