Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems in the UK.
The dramatic changes in all of our lives during the past six months have led to increased levels of anxiety, and a new study shows that parents are particularly concerned about the well-being of their children.
So what does anxiety feel and how do you overcome it?
What is worry
It is more than just feeling stress or anxiety. These are natural reactions that we all feel on one level or another, and they can be a good thing.
But constant anxiety scares that does not go away, and if it becomes too intense it can take over your life and prevent you from doing normal everyday things.
Anxiety makes you feel anxious all the time, tired and unable to concentrate. This can cause sleep problems and make you feel depressed.
There are often symptoms that also affect the body, such as rapid heartbeat or breathing, trembling, sweating, dizziness, diarrhea, and feeling ill.
Anxiety can come in various forms and can range from mild to severe.
One in 10 people will have anxiety or phobia problems at some point in their lives – but many people do not ask for treatment.
Where do I go for help?
The Royal College of Psychiatrists suggests first try self-help techniques, such as:
- Talking to a friend or relative
- Self help or joining online support groups
- Relaxation techniques learn
Activities such as yoga, exercise, reading and listening to music can also help.
Experts say that stopping smoking is a good idea to reduce alcohol and reduce anxiety.
If your anxiety persists, there are plenty of self-help books on the best treatments, such as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), which is also provided on the NHS.
CBT is a talking therapy that helps people to deal with huge problems by breaking them into small problems.
It is also suitable for children with severe anxiety, and parents can be taught how to do it.
“It is important not to be sad in silence,” says Nikki Lidbetter from Concern Britain.
She advises booking an appointment with a GP and explaining your symptoms, but she says “one way doesn’t suit everyone”.
Are children and youth also affected?
“Some are struggling, some are thriving due to lack of pressure from school,” says Prof. Cathy Criswell, Professor of Developmental Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford.
During the first month of the lockout, primary school children who participated in their survey of children and parents showed increased feelings of unhappiness, anxiety, and low mood.
But parents of middle-age children reported fewer emotional problems, and the teens themselves stated that their mood and behavior had not changed.
This is reflected in another survey of 13- to 14-year-olds who found they were less anxious during the lockdown than last October, suggesting that children of different ages vary greatly.
The NHS has five suggestions to support children and young people:
- Be there to listen: Ask them how they are regularly, so they have a habit of speaking out about their feelings
- Be included in their lives: Show interest and things that matter to them
- Support positive routines: Be a positive role model and support regular routines, healthy eating and being active
- Encourage their interests: Active, creative, learning things and being part of a team are all good for mental health
- Take seriously what they say: Help them feel valued in what they say and help them work through difficult feelings
What are the triggers?
Anything from worrying about health and money can cause deep anxiety due to changes in work, school or relationships.
During the epidemic, many potential concerns have arisen such as fear of the virus, going out, infecting other people, wearing masks, and coming back to normal life, as well as what the future holds.
They have been called Coronality by the charity Anxietate UK, which has seen a huge increase in calls to its helpline since the lockdown rules were relaxed.
The charity says that callers have more complex problems than usual and calls last longer.
Psychiatrists are warning that lockdowns and social disturbances are affecting people’s routines and preventing them from seeing friends and family. This can make any anxiety they feel worse.
There is also concern that people are not seeking help for their mental health due to fear of the virus, and this is leading to an increase in emergency cases.
Royal College of Psychiatrists Drs. Billy Boland says, “If you feel unwell you can still get treatment during an epidemic.”
“If you are experiencing mental health problems, contact your GP or key worker if you have one, and continue to use your mental health services as usual. If you are in a mental health crisis Contact NHS 111 online or by telephone service. ”
Who is most at risk?
Anxiety is a common condition and, at the moment, many people are feeling anxious about life.
Things that have happened in your life, any major changes or traumatic events can cause you anxiety.
Having a mental health problem can make you feel more anxious, as can be another disease, but how anxious you feel can also be from the genes you inherit.
Teens and young people often feel anxious, and they are usually the most vulnerable from families with special educational needs or from low income.
But experts say it’s still too early to work out the long-term effects of spending time outside the classroom.
Professor Craswell says, “It is important to keep in mind how children will deal with the changed routines in school and uncertainty.”