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It’s normal for people to feel a bit stressed sometimes. Some people react much more strongly to stressful situations than others. It becomes a problem when this stress reaction gets in the way of being able to think clearly or do things easily.

You should get some extra support if you notice they:

  • Constantly worry about something
  • Feel worried or afraid for no reason
  • Avoid activities or situations because they are too stressful
  • Constantly check and recheck to make sure something is right
  • Have panic attacks- rapid heartbeat, unable to breathe, feeling dizzy and extremely scared or anxious all at once

Let them know there is help available and they don’t have to feel like this all the time. Help them book an appointment with a doctor, who can refer them to a counsellor.

For more information for young people on anxiety, including a self-test and self-help tools and strategies, head to The Lowdown.

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