Anxiety in teens is rising. There is no denying the fact that in today’s society, teens need more mental help than ever. Simply enough there needs to be more attention on the subject.
Anxiety is when someone feels worry or fear strong enough to stop them from living their everyday lives. For teens this can include feeling tired, experiencing physical pain such as stomachaches and headaches, and for some the fear of leaving their home.
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, there has been little to no choice on leaving your home. For teens not only is it hard to mentaly develop social skills, it can increase the idea of fearing the outside world. When the entire world is telling you that there is a life threatening illness spreading around the world, that is absolutely terrifying no matter who you are. However, now that things are slowly returning back to normal, teens who are struggling with anxiety can’t bear the idea of leaving a safe space like home.
But it goes deeper than just fearing an illness. Anxiety takes your mind through all the scenarios that will happen once you leave your safe space. “For me, I am afraid to interact with people again. I feel like I won’t know what to say or that they will judge me. What if I do something wrong?”, said a student from BHS dealing with anxiety, who has requested to stay anonymous.
“This sometimes leads to an anxiety attack. (An anxiety attack) feels like your heart is going to beat out of your chest, that the world is closing in and that you can’t breathe. It can be sparked at the idea of something or an action. For me I start to feel these things when I think about leaving my house.”
As a society, how do we help? There are hundreds of teens that are struggling in silence. We need to start talking about anxiety. We need to allow people to open up about how it affects them and to allow teens who think that they may have anxiety to get help.
Mental health is nothing to be ashamed of and receiving help is commendable. To be able to take the help presented to you makes you brave. If you or someone you know may be dealing with anxiety, talk to an adult you trust or find a site that may be able to point you in the right direction. I have linked a few sites that have anxiety assessments and ways to help.