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 November 9, 2017


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The Unstoppable Fear: Anxiety
By: Maycee Myers

Have you ever felt like you often fear or worry about the silliest things or worry about nothing at all? Well that might be anxiety talking. A quick tip is to listen, listen to your thoughts. They might have a lot to tell you, stuff that you might need help understanding and controlling.

Anxiety in adolescents has taken over depression on the mental illness percentage charts with about 20% of teens experiencing anxiety. Over the past couple of years teen anxiety has grown dramatically. There are many reasons this could be such as technology. With all the technology kids are exposed to, some of it stuff they should not be, it can be very unsafe. While kids should be focused on school and being a kid, they are more interested in social media and the internet. Bullying has also grown because of technology which can cause depression but also could very possibly cause anxiety. Having anxiety caused by bullying can lead to kids missing school and even dropping out of school. All the pressure that is put on kids these days is insane and is a huge reason that kids experience anxiety. Most of the time anxiety is caused genetically or can develop on its own.

Triggering someone with anxiety could be bad and in some cases dangerous. Anxiety is usually triggered by fear but depending on the situation, cause of anxiety, or person you never know what to expect, kind of like depression. Kids that are triggered by anxiety can have angry outburst, lash out or harm themselves, or harm someone else which is a reason it can be dangerous.

Breathe, just breathe. Anxiety is stressful, but you need to calm yourself when you experience anxious episodes. Being mindful is awesome when having anxiety. If you do not know what being mindful means it is basically just being aware of your surroundings and living in the present moment. For instance, worrying about the past and/or the future can trigger anxiety. Knowing what is going on around you ‘right now’ is very important. If you feel the need, listen to music, write your feelings down, and talk to someone.

Just like depression, going to therapy is a great way to manage your fearful feelings. Dealing with anxiety is very similar to dealing with depression, but it varies between people. “Anxiety is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you very far” is a quote I love that people with anxiety should engrave in their brains. If you have anxiety do not let it get the best of you. Just smile, breathe, and live free.

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