Feeling ‘anxious’ in response to a worrying situation, a feeling which passes when the situation improves, is absolutely normal. A persistent state of anxiety is one over which you feel you have no control. It may have no specific reason or conversely continual multiple reasons. It can make life very unpleasant indeed.
If someone is a natural ‘worrier’ or has a long series of ongoing stresses in their life, maybe over several years, it can cause them to develop the habit of being anxious. Some physical symptoms produced by anxiety (e.g. a pounding heart, breathlessness, feeling that you are ‘losing it’) can themselves become a cause of further anxiety. This can create a vicious circle. Some people will start avoiding situations that cause them to be anxious, though there is no real danger present, and this can affect their lives and self-confidence.
See also phobias, depression and stress.
Worries and anxieties: information for young people Royal College of Psychiatrists
Anxiety Self-Help Guide
Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Trust
(Local) Where's your head at?
National Organisation for Phobias, Anxiety, Neurosis, Panic Attacks, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Tranquilliser Withdrawal.
No Panic's Youth Helpline
0330 606 1174
Open between 3pm and 6pm Monday to Friday for those between 13 and 20 years old.
Steps2Wellbeing - Dorset Healthcare - Self referral.