According to the NHS website, to be anxious is to be left with disturbing feelings such as fear or worry. It can be developed at any stage in your life from a mild to a severe level and, obviously, it does not depend on gender, sexuality, social, economic background and so on. Now, to focus on the question raised above, research shows that 1 in 6 young people suffer from anxiety. Therefore, anxiety can be classified as a very serious problem amongst the youth. Many psychologists may argue that over the past few years, with the uprising of social media, several disorders such as social anxiety (SAD) or the fear of missing out (FOMO) have gained popularity. This may be related to the fact that the younger generation is growing up with immediate access and control of their perception of the world and themselves, with access to new information every second. Well, that reality can be very exhausting and demanding, I believe. However, social media is not the only possible igniter of anxiety issues: many students may feel stress, worries or fears related to university life or separation issues, to name a few.

Also, many serious anxiety disturbs begin at a young age and can last for a lifetime, which means that an early diagnosis and intervention can be crucial for the individual’s wellbeing. On that note, the following paragraphs will stress the symptoms, as well as available help for those who may relate to them.

As I previously mentioned, there are many different types of anxiety, however, there is a common cycle, as well as symptoms, that people who suffer from it will most certainly fall into. The three stages are Physical discomforts, such as fastened heartbeat or sickness; Negative thoughts, as considering self-harming and finally, Fear, when you fear those feelings or thoughts.

Now, as frightening as it may seem it is treatable! When facing anxiety-related issues it is vital to be willing to seek help. There are several platforms you can access, the first being your inner circle (friends, family or teachers). If you do not feel comfortable discussing these issues with your inner circle, you can look for the professional help of a psychologist. Also, there is a number of associations that provide support and you can access them online or over the phone, such as “Ignite treatment centres”.

Even though there is a variety of support systems, if you do not want to get better then all of your options will be useless, as the pathway for a healthy state of mind begins with you.