Anxiety and worry

Anxiety

What is Anxiety?

  • Anxiety is a natural, human response that occurs when we feel that we are under threat.
  • It is a feeling of apprehensionfear or worry, or a sense of impending doom.
  • 1 in 4 people regularly experience anxiety, making it the most common mental health issue. 

Why do we feel anxious?

  • Anxiety is adaptive – it’s a system that our bodies have evolved in order to help us deal with danger.
  • When our bodies feel anxiety, it triggers our fight-flight-freeze response – this is how our bodies prepare to defend itself when it thinks it’s in danger.
  • Often with anxiety, we aren’t in any real danger – but our brain and body acts as if we are.

Fight

Fight

You get angry, irritable, snappy, start to shout, lose your temper

Flight

Flight

You want to run away from or avoid situations, make excuses not to go.

Freeze

Freeze

Your mind goes blank, feel like you can't move or talk, feel stuck

What does anxiety feel like?

Apps for Anxiety

ClearFear

Headspace

Tappy

Tips on Managing Anxiety

Anxiety Leaflet

Anxiety Leaflet (CYP)

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