Anxiety or fear are emotions which are meant to keep us safe. It triggers our fight, flight or freeze response which is our biological reaction to dangerous situations. Take a look at the video further down the page to learn more about this.
We will be taking a look at anxiety as a mental illness and how it affects those who suffer from it on this page.
A panic attack is an exaggeration of the normal reaction to fear, stress or excitement. It is an overwhelming build-up of physical sensations such as:
During a panic attack you may feel like:
The more you know about your mental health the easier it is to find methods to help you to ride out a panic attack.
Breathing exercises can help you to reduce symptoms and distraction techniques can be useful.
Click below to find out more about riding out a panic attack.
A common anxiety disorder whose main symptom is over worrying about events and activities. This can make you feel out of control and anxious almost all of the time.
This disorder causes you to have regular panic attacks with no real trigger. These panic attacks can be intense, sudden and very frightening. It can also cause you to worry about having another panic attack
This is an intense fear or dread of social situations. It can happen before, during or after the event and commonly occurs situations such as public speaking, meeting new people, dating or going out in public. You may avoid certain situations as you find it hard to control your anxieties.
This is the overwhelming fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal. A phobia is stronger than a fear and and develop when a person has increased feelings of danger about an object. If you have a phobia it may cause you to plan your whole routine around avoiding the object.
To receive an anxiety diagnosis you have to go to your GP or mental health professional. They will carry out a number of tests such as:
You may also be advised to contact your GP or mental health professional by a counsellor, an external charity or your school.
Have a look at this video for more information on the fight, flight and freeze response.
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