Understand what's going on

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Understand what's going on

We know everyone faces challenges in their life – that’s normal, but for some young people, feelings of sadness and anxiety begin to interfere with their life. If the feelings last for longer than a few weeks and change the way a person spends their time, this can be anxiety or depression.

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    1. Why we worry

    Stress is a normal reaction to situations where we feel under pressure – it's part of our natural survival instinct. When we feel threatened, our body automatically channels energy to help us escape the danger. The chemicals released by our brain can make us feel nervous and they can also make it hard to think clearly.
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    2. Our response

    Think about how you feel when you're stressed or scared. Your heart starts racing, your breathing gets faster and you feel really alert. Most of the time, these feelings go away once the stressful situation is over. Sometimes big events in our lives can also cause us to worry and feel uncertain about the future.
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    3. Anxiety

    For some people, anxious feelings can happen for no apparent reason or won't go away, even after the stressful situation has passed. Anxiety can make it hard for a person to cope with daily life. They might find it difficult to get the feelings of worry under control, which can be a very scary and upsetting experience. Some people have panic attacks or intense fear about things in their everyday life.
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    4. Depression

    While we all feel sad or down from time to time, some people experience these feelings for long periods of time. Depression can make it hard for someone to cope with day-to-day life and stop them from enjoying the things they used to like. When this happens, symptoms other than sadness also develop, such as feeling worthless. The person may find it harder than usual to focus at school or to perform well at work and may have problems getting along with family and friends.
  • 5. Keeping well

    Having a healthy lifestyle helps to improve your energy levels, helps you think more clearly and helps build your confidence and overall sense of well-being. Setting yourself some small achievable goals is also really helpful to your recovery.