Anxiety is a natural response and can be experienced by every body at some point in time. Anxiety can vary in severity from mild uneasiness through to a terrifying panic attack. It can vary in how long it lasts, from a few moments to many years.

Anxiety disorders may be caused by environmental factors, medical factors, genetics or brain chemistry and is most commonly triggered by the stress in young people’s lives.

At home a young person experiencing anxiety may:

  • Be tearful in the mornings and say they don’t want to go to school.
  • Spend more time doing school work or express unnecessary concerns that the work isn’t good enough.
  • Complain of headaches and other physical symptoms.
  • Demand constant reassurances from parents.
  • Be irritable and snappy in interactions with family.
  • Spend a lot of time worrying about their appearance and behaviour leading up to a social event or being reluctant to attend.

Helpful Resources:

Children and Young People with Anxiety - A Guide for Parents and Carers

Young Minds

Anxiety UK

Telephone: 08444775774 (Weekdays 9:30 - 17:30)

Text: 07537416905

No Panic

Telephone: 0844 967 4848 (10:00 - 22:00)

Youth Helpline : 03306061174 (Weekdays 15:00 - 18:00)

CBT Online