Anxiety

Children and anxiety

Children and Anxiety

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Anxiety is defined by a feeling of uneasiness and worry and these feelings can be related to many different things according to different people. While it is normal to feel worried about some situations such as an interview, meeting new people, or doing a presentation, when these feelings of worry and anxiety do not go away, last for a long period of time, or start to interfere with everyday life, it may be that you are suffering from a form of anxiety. 

Anxiety affects around 5% of the population, and while a lot of the time this disorder is associated with adults, it is important to understand that children can also suffer from many forms of anxiety. Symptoms of the disorder may present slightly differently in children than they do in adults, however, this does not make their illness any less serious, and if their condition is affecting the child’s everyday life then their parent may need to seek professional treatment for them in order to avoid problems in later life. 

Furthermore, identifying anxiety in children may be difficult as depending on the child’s age they may not have developed their language skills enough to discuss how they are feeling with parents and other adults. Therefore it is necessary to educate yourself on the key signs and symptoms of child anxiety so that we will be able to recognise it within your own children and get treatment in a timely manner. 

What makes children anxious?

What makes children anxious will be different to what makes adults anxious, and similarly, children of different ages will feel anxious about different things. As mentioned previously it is normal to feel worry and anxiety in certain situations, and this is the same for childhood years. When children are around 6 months it is very common for them to develop separation anxiety, and are unsettled when they are away from their parents. Additionally, later in life when the child starts to attend school, their anxiety may be more focused on specific phobias the child has such as the dark, animals, water, heights and storms. These feelings and phobias usually gradually go away on their own as the child ages. These are normal feelings of anxiety that children go through as they are developing. 

Things that may cause anxiety-based feelings that are not things that most children go through may be as a result of their individual life experiences. Stressful events such as constantly moving house or school, seeing their parents argue a lot, death of a family member or a friend, being a victim of bullying or neglect is likely to affect children in a negative way. This may result in the child developing feelings of anxiety that grows into a diagnosable anxiety disorder. 

It has also been found that some children are simply more susceptible to anxiety from birth, due to genetics or their personality type. Anxiety disorders are complex and can be caused by a range of factors even in children. On one hand, some forms of anxiety may be part of growing up and developing, while what a child experiences in their life can also be a factor in the development of an anxiety disorder.  

When does anxiety become a problem?

Like with adults, anxiety becomes a problem when it starts to affect their everyday life and activities. If this is stopping the child from their daily routines such as seeing friends and attending school then this may be a cause for concern. A child experiencing anxiety can be very difficult for them as they do not know how to express these strong feelings and emotions or how to discuss them fully, as a result, it can severely affect their mental wellbeing. It can lower their self-esteem and confidence and the child may become withdrawn, avoiding any people or situations that make them feel even the slightest bit anxious. This affects the child’s social skills, friendships, experiences growing up, and even their education. 

In young children anxiety may include symptoms such as them being more irritable and restless, being clingy to parents, crying more often, having sleeping problems and experiencing bad dreams or nightmares. 

In children who are a bit older signs of anxiety to look out for include a loss of confidence, eating problems (too much or too little), trouble sleeping, lack of concentration, expressing anger more often, having negative thoughts, avoiding people including friends and family and not wanting to attend school. 

Ways you can help your child

Firstly as a parent or carer, the most important thing you can do to help your child who is showing signs of an anxiety disorder is to talk to them. Ask them open questions about what worries they may have, and how they make them feel. You need to reassure them that they are safe, that their feelings are valid and that you understand and will support them however they need. 

If the child is a bit older they may also be able to discuss their anxiety in detail,  including any physical symptoms they may have such as heart palpitations or shortness of breath, what they think may be the cause of their anxiety and what support they need from you. 

Whichever way the child talks about their anxiety make sure to fully listen to them and really try to understand where the source of their anxiety is coming from.

In addition to this, there are things you can do as a parent or carer that once you know more about the anxious feelings your child is having you can implement into their life. If the child is a bit older you could also come up with these solutions together. These are things you can do to either help the child once they start to feel anxious to calm down again, or what you can do to try and prevent these anxious feelings from occurring in the first place. 

  • Help them to recognise the onset of their anxious feelings, how they can manage these and to ask an adult for help in this instance.  

  • Stick to a daily routine as much as possible, the child will know what to expect throughout the day and will help them to feel prepared and reassured. 

  • If the child is struggling to understand their anxiety, find a suitable film, television show, or book in which a character is experiencing a similar thing. They will relate to the character and this may open a conversation where the child can discuss their feelings in a clearer manner.

  • Breathing activities are always very successful when calming down from anxious feelings, deep breaths in and out for a number of seconds can calm the child down and help their anxious feelings reduce. 

  • Make a worry box. The child can write down any worries they have throughout the day no matter how big or small. Then at the end of the day go through the box with them and talk about/solve their worry. 

When to get professional help?

While there are techniques and things you can do as a parent or carer to help your child cope with their anxiety, if the child still gets anxious regularly and these feelings are starting to affect their everyday life significantly you may want to seek professional help. 

The treatments offered to children will depend on two factors, their age and their type of anxiety. Talking therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) are the most common way to treat childhood anxiety. The aim of CBT is to change the way the child thinks about their anxiety and in turn how they behave when they feel anxious. It finds the cause of the anxiety and will equip the child with methods they can use if they start to feel anxious in their daily life. The result being that the child can cope with the feelings themselves and their anxiety is manageable, no longer affecting their everyday life and activities in a significant manner. 

If you have any questions about childhood anxiety and would like to speak to a professional for information and advice, visit our ‘Ask The Expert’ page on our website, and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

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Myths about anxiety

Myths about anxiety

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Anxiety is a common mental health problem which affects around 1 in 6 adults in the UK. While it is a normal human emotion to feel anxious in some aspects of life, for example starting a new job, meeting new people or making a public speech, if your anxiety related symptoms are extreme, last for a prolonged period of time or affect your everyday daily life then you may suffer from an anxiety disorder.

There are many types of anxiety disorders and each one affects each individual differently. However, despite anxiety being one of the most common mental illnesses, there are a lot of myths surrounding what it actually means to have anxiety. 

Anxiety is just being shy

Anxiety and shyness are two different things. Being shy is a personality trait that someone may have, they may be shy around new people and new situations but this soon lessons when the individual becomes more comfortable with these situations. Anxiety Disorder is a recognised mental illness which people are diagnosed with after experiencing symptoms for an extended length of time and they are affecting your daily life in a negative way. Symptoms could stop you from partaking in everyday activities such as going to to work, a shop or any public setting. They can also break down relationships with those around you. 

It is important to understand that anxiety and shyness are different as some people may be suffering from an anxiety disorder but will not get help as they believe they must just be shy. Therefore this misconception could possibly stop people from seeking help for their disorder. 

Anxiety can not hurt you

While anxiety is a mental health condition, but as with many mental health conditions, some of the symptoms may have physical effects on the body. Some of the physical symptoms that are associated with anxiety include breathing difficulties, headaches, shaking, nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, sweating, chest pains, heart palpitations and fainting. People with anxiety may experience many of these symptoms on a regular basis and to varying degrees.

Everyone experiences anxiety the same

Like every mental health problem anxiety is individualistic. Anyone can suffer from an anxiety disorder and everyone will have different experiences with it. Individuals may have different symptoms but still suffer from the same illness, and likewise, one person may have a symptom such as nausea worse than another person even though they have both been diagnosed with the same form of anxiety. 

Additionally, people may have the same form of anxiety but suffer with it at different levels of severity, some may have milder anxiety and someone else may have high and intense anxiety. People will also have different things that trigger them. Triggers can include people, settings or activities which cause the individual to start having anxiety related symptoms and triggers can be unique to the individual. 

Anxiety is not a real illness

Anxiety is a recognised mental health disorder and is diagnosed following the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Health. It is diagnosed when the individual has a certain number of symptoms for at least a 6 month period. Symptoms of anxiety are much worse than general worries we may have about everyday life and activities, they are extreme worry and fear and have many physical symptoms that come along as a result of that. Anxiety disorder can be extremely distressing for the individual and can affect their daily life very seriously if not treated. Therefore Anxiety is a real, medically recognised illness and needs to be treated accordingly. 

Anxiety disorders are not common

Anxiety disorders are actually the most common mental health illness, and around 34% of adults will experience some kind of anxiety disorder during their lifetime. They may not seem to be as common as they are due to the stigma surrounding them, people may not want to discuss their condition openly as they may feel embarrassed or that others will judge them for their symptoms. 

There are also many different types of anxiety disorders, they include social anxiety, phobias, separation anxiety disorder and illness anxiety disorder. Each individual disorder will have different symptoms and will present differently due to the individual. Symptoms may not always be obvious to an outsider looking in and the individual may try to hide their disorder as best as they can, however it is very likely that most people know someone close to them be that a friend or family member who suffers from an anxiety disorder. 

Anxiety will go away on its own

People may believe that anxiety is a ‘phase’ and that people grow out of it. This is not the case, if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or believe you may have the condition do not ignore it as it will not go away on its own. Seek help or treatment as without it the anxiety is likely to get worse, not better. 

Furthermore, anxiety is often linked with other mental health issues such as obsessive compulsive disorder and depression, and around 60% of individuals with anxiety are also diagnosed with depression. Therefore do not wait around for your anxiety to go away on its own, seek the help you need to prevent further issues. 

Medication is the only treatment

While medication is available to individuals with anxiety as a form of treatment, there are also a number of non-medical treatments available such as cognitive behavioural therapy. With talking therapies such as CBT, the aim is for the individual to change their beliefs, attitudes, behaviours and thoughts towards their illness while also learning coping strategies and relaxation techniques for their anxiety. People believe that anxiety disorders are linked to individual personality traits and thought processes and to treat anxiety you have to address this, which is what CBT aims to do. 

Different types of treatment will work for different people, although it has been found that a combination of the two, medication and therapy has the best results. It is important that you seek the right treatment for your anxiety, as if they are not treated properly symptoms of this disorder are likely to return. 

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Helping someone with anxiety

How to help someone with anxiety?

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Last updated: 4 January 2021

It can be hard to know that your loved one is suffering from anxiety. Especially when the anxiety or panic attacks are so intense that it causes problems in their everyday life. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to help. These are discussed below.

Understand anxiety

It is a good idea to read as much information on anxiety and panic attacks as you can. Understanding anxiety and how it works will help you to recognize the signs that your loved one needs help.

To read more information on anxiety, you can view our pages on anxiety and getting help for anxiety disorders

Help them to feel supported

It can be easy for someone to feel alone and isolated as they try to cope with anxiety. Your attitude towards their difficulties can make a difference.

Show acceptance- Often times the anxiety might make them feel like they are somehow flawed. For this reason, it is important to let them know that they are not flawed, and they are loved with or without the anxiety problems.

Give validation- The anxiety problem might be something that is difficult for you to understand, but it is a real problem for them. Acknowledge the ways that anxiety is an issue for them with an attitude that is non-judgmental and non-critical.

Help them how they want to be helped

Instead of guessing, it is good to ask how they would like to be helped. They might already know what is helpful for their anxiety and what isn’t. Some people might want you to sit with them through a panic attack, whereas others might want you to give them some space to calm down. Other ways that your loved one might want help can include:

  • Doing a deep breathing exercise together

  • Going for a walk or jog

  • Remind them that the panic feelings will pass

  • Remind them that nothing bad will actually happen

  • Reassure them that you are there for them

  • Research their condition to understand it better

  • Help them to look up support groups, therapists or self-help resources

Know what NOT to do

When it comes to our loved ones, it makes sense to do whatever it takes to help them cope with an anxiety problem. This is not always a good thing. It is important to keep the following in mind:

Do not enable the anxiety- You might think you are helping by enabling your loved one to avoid certain situations due to anxiety. For example, you might make sure that you are always present so that they can avoid taking elevators alone. This might seem helpful, but in the long run your loved one isn’t having any opportunities to face the feared situation. It is good to think about small ways that you could stop enabling the anxiety to continue.

Do not force a confrontation- At the same time, you must not force your loved one to face the feared situation. This might damage the trust between you and make the anxiety worse. If the anxiety is severe and any type of exposure is too much for your loved one, it is good to consider involving a professional.

Help them to find the right support

If you find that anxiety is becoming a problem for your loved one you can encourage them to find support through a GP or therapist. If this involves your young child, you can contact these services. You might:

  • Help them to book an appointment with a GP or therapist.

  • Offer support when they attend appointments (e.g. waiting in the waiting room or attending some sessions if you need to)

  • Help them search for support groups or self-help resources (e.g. leaflets, mindfulness apps, relaxation sessions)

  • Encourage them to keep attending sessions and to not give up

  • Give them small reminders to do their homework assigned by the therapist

Look after yourself too

It is extremely important for you to look after yourself. Whether you are a parent, family member or a friend, you will be in a better position to give help, as long as you are taking care of your own well-being.

To read more about looking after yourself, see our page on self-care when helping someone else.

List of useful resources

Mind
To read information about helping someone with anxiety on the MIND website, you can click here to access the link.

Anxiety UK

To read more about anxiety and caregiving on the Anxiety UK website, you can click here to access the link.

NHS

To view a list of available charities and organisations that provide support for different mental health issues, you can click here to access the link.  

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Seasonal affective disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Depression is a mental health disorder characterised by a constant low mood which affects your everyday life and activities. There are many different types of depression and depression can be triggered by many different factors. It is important to understand these different forms of depression so you can understand your mental health more and to make sure you get the best help and information that suits you. 

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also referred to as SAD, is a type of depression which people find prevalent during certain seasons throughout the year. It is normal to feel low moods or lack of energy during certain seasons or weather, such as winter with its cold temperatures and dark evenings. However, if you find that these feelings are affecting your everyday life and mood drastically, and you notice they only occur at certain times of the year, you could be considered to have Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is important to discuss this mental health issue now as we are going into the winter season and this is the time of year most people notice their symptoms of SAD appear. 

Seasonal Affective Disorder affects 1 in 3 individuals and has been found to be more common for women and young people. 

How do you know if you are suffering from SAD? 
Symptoms include a low mood, lack of energy, sleep problems, irritability, feelings of guilt or hopelessness, a change in your appetite, you may lack interest in hobbies or activities that you usually enjoy and have feelings of isolation. These symptoms can be different for each individual and can sometimes have a significant effect on individuals wellbeing, mental health and everyday life. 

What causes Seasonal Affective Disorder? 
Though the exact cause of SAD has not been concluded, it has been suggested that a main factor is due to the lack of sunlight during winter affecting the production of hormones in the body. The hormone Melatonin may be overproduced in people that suffer from SAD which is the hormone that makes us feel tired, explaining the lack of energy and sleep trouble. Additionally, we find lower levels of the hormone Serotonin which affects our mood, appetite and sleep, again explaining some of the symptoms of SAD. Furthermore, it has also been suggested that some people may be more vulnerable to SAD due to genes. 

How is Seasonal Affective Disorder treated? 
SAD does have some medical ways it can be treated, these include Light Therapy, Talking Therapies and Antidepressants, but it has also been suggested that you may be able to help yourself relieve some symptoms of SAD with small lifestyle changes. Here are some things you can do which can help you during the winter. 

Natural Light: As a reason you may be feeling down in the winter time is due to the lack of sunlight it is good to get as much of it in a day as you can! The easiest way to do this is by taking a walk when you have the opportunity to, this may be in the morning as the sun rises or on your lunch break, this will be a good way to help yourself mentally and physically. If you are working from home or find yourself indoors most of the day, try opening curtains and blinds to let in the light, creating yourself a brighter workspace. Just getting a few more minutes of natural sunlight will lift your mood for the day more than you think.  

Diary: Keep a diary or a journal to track your behaviours. Keeping a diary and writing down how you are feeling most days will help you for multiple reasons, first, you can track your behaviours and potentially find patterns in your behaviour. You may discover what factors make you feel some of the symptoms of SAD, such as upset, stressed or irritated. Knowing what triggers your negative feelings is important as you can then plan coping mechanisms to help you when your trigger appears or make choices in the day which means these triggers will be avoided. Secondly, journaling can improve your mood as for example, you could list 3 things you are excited about that day, 3 things you are grateful for and 3 things you like about yourself. Writing down positive things about your life is a quick and simple thing you can do every day, making your mood instantly lifted and getting your day off to a good start.

Talk to someone: Like most mental health problems the first step to getting help is to reach out and talk to someone. This should be someone you trust like a family member, or if you don’t feel you have someone in your life you can talk to, there are many helplines you can call. If you have SAD you may feel like you want to be alone and isolate yourself, and while this may make you feel comfortable in the short term it will have negative effects long term. Seeing a friend or speaking to someone on the phone will boost your mood, get feelings off your chest and allow you to catch up about one another’s life. Talking is a powerful coping mechanism and should not be underrated. 

Relax: Stress is a very negative emotion and can be caused by lots of things in everyday work or home life. Knowing what relaxes you from this stress is important, especially if you suffer from SAD in the winter time. Take time out for yourself, do things you enjoy and that make you feel calm. This time of year is hard for many people, the nights are darker, the weather is cold and dull, it’s important to enjoy the little things in life and seek joy in the mundane.

Further information and advice:

NHS: Seasonal affective disorder
HelpGuide: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Mind: Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Getting help for anxiety

Getting help for anxiety disorders

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Last updated: 4 January 2021

This article covers:

– What types of therapies are involved?

– What types of professionals are involved?

– The journey of recovery from anxiety

What types of therapies are involved?

Psychological therapies are important when treating anxiety disorders. It gives a child or young person the chance to tackle the root of the disorder. There are two therapies that are involved: Cognitive behavioural therapy and exposure therapy. Most of the time, these two therapies are referred to under the same umbrella of cognitive behavioural therapy.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
CBT is a type of talk therapy that focuses on how we think and act and how this affects how we feel. Research has shown that CBT is highly effective for treating different types of anxiety disorders in children and young people. CBT can take anywhere between 6-20 sessions, depending on the severity of the anxiety and the child or young person’s age. CBT for anxiety is a short-term treatment.

The idea behind CBT with children and young people is that they get to talk about their anxiety and learn new skills, which they can use to fight off the anxiety. This all takes place in an environment of safety that the therapist is able to create for the child or young person.

Depending on the child or young person’s age, the therapist will come up with a good way to help them to overcome their anxiety using CBT.

With a young child, the therapist might focus more on changing the behaviours of the child. This is because young children may not be able to really say how they feel and tend to show more behavioural signs of anxiety. With teenagers, the therapist may be able to use similar techniques that are used with adults, focusing on feelings, thoughts and behaviours.

The therapist always finds it useful to involve other family members in the process of treatment. This is because family members also play a part in influencing the child or young person on a day-to-day basis. So, if the therapist can get the family on board, there are greater chances of success.

Exposure therapy
Exposure therapy is a type of behavioural therapy that focuses on helping the child to be exposed to their anxiety until it naturally fades away. Exposure therapy is commonly used as part of CBT. So, it is also a short-term treatment.

Exposure therapy is most helpful for severe and specific anxiety disorders. These include anxiety disorders that cause a great inconvenience in everyday life of the child or young person. For example, having to turn down birthday parties because the child has a fear of balloons. These disorders might include specific phobias, panic disorder, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder

The idea behind exposure therapy is that if the child or young person can tolerate the anxious feelings for long enough, they will notice that the anxiety will eventually pass and nothing bad will actually happen.

The therapist will expose the child or young person gradually to situations from the least to the most anxiety-provoking.  For example, to help a child with their intense fear of balloons, the therapist might first expose them to pictures and videos of balloons, before they face the real thing. The child or young person will eventually master each stage and will be able to stop the anxiety from taking over again.

Exposure therapy is a powerful tool for treating anxiety. It also takes a lot of hard work from the child or young person and their parents. The idea of facing a fearful situation might sound daunting, but it is worthwhile if it means that the child or young person can live anxiety-free and their parents can benefit from a peace of mind.

What types of professionals are involved?

There are different professionals that may or may not be involved throughout the treatment process of anxiety for children and young people. These might include counsellors, psychotherapists and doctors/psychiatrist. These terms might be confusing, but the main difference is in the training that each of these professionals have received.  

In the UK, there is not much of a distinction made between counsellor or psychotherapist. Both of these professionals provide therapy. However, there are some slight differences between these two professional terms. These are outlined below.

Counsellors: Counselling is focused on helping people with what they need right now. Compared to psychotherapists, counsellors tend to have had a shorter training, and they help people deal with their issues on a more short-term basis. There may be school-based counsellors available that children and young people can approach at their own school, if they feel they need support with their anxiety. Here at Mindsum, there are counsellors that are available to provide support.

Psychotherapists: Psychotherapy training tends to be longer. Psychotherapists can also give counselling, but their approach to talk-therapy is more in-depth, exploring the history and causes of certain behaviours and emotional issues. The psychotherapist will then treat the anxiety in this specialized way. Here at Mindsum, there are psychotherapists that are available to provide support.

It doesn’t mean that one professional is better than the other. All professionals in this field go through intensive training before they begin to practice. Also, many counsellors seek additional training throughout their careers.

There are also doctors and psychiatrists that can be involved in the treatment of anxiety for children and young people. There are more obvious differences between these two professional terms.

Doctors: These are professionals that are trained in medicine. This will likely be the family GP, who might find it necessary to prescribe certain medications that might help the anxiety, especially if the anxiety is quite severe.

Psychiatrist: These are professionals that are also trained in medicine. However, they also specialized in the field of psychiatry. So they are able to provide consultation and medication for a wide range of mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar affective disorder and so on.

The journey of recovery from anxiety

The journey of recovery from anxiety can look different for each child or young person, and depending on the approach that the counsellor or psychotherapist uses. But there are some things that are expected when going through therapy for anxiety.

Assessment
This is an important phase, where the counsellor or psychotherapist will take the opportunity to get a feel of what is going on with the child or young person. The professional might try to identify the type of anxiety that the child or young person is dealing with, along with other important background information. The child, young person and/or their parent will be asked important questions that will allow the professional to create a full picture of what is going on.

Therapy sessions
These sessions will take place with a time and regularity that suits the child or young person and their parents. An important aspect of the therapy session is the relationship that the counsellor or psychotherapist will build with the child or young person. This will create a safe space that will encourage them to talk about their fears and anxieties. The child will learn skills that they can use against the anxiety when it comes. Lots of work will be done in the therapy room that will help the child to be more confident to face their anxiety. 

Homework
This can be an important part of treatment for anxiety, especially when having CBT. This is because anxiety is usually experienced in everyday situations in the child or young person’s life. So, homework tasks will really help the child or young person to master their anxiety outside of the therapy room. Parents involved in the treatment process might also be asked to help with the homework. Homework success is then discussed in upcoming therapy sessions. 

Progress and setbacks
When having treatment for anxiety, there will be progress and there may also be setbacks. For example, the anxiety might become a bit worse at one point during the treatment. It is important not to feel discouraged if this happens. In fact, this can be very normal in the recovery process from anxiety. These situations provide opportunities to discover new ways to move forward together with the therapist.

Ending therapy
The counsellor or psychotherapist will eventually prepare the child, young person and parents for the end of therapy. This is a very important phase, because it is vital for the child or young person to become confident in coping with difficult feelings without relying too much on the professional. The end of therapy will take place once the child or young person has made a lot of progress or has completely recovered from anxiety. The child or young person will leave therapy with many skills that they can use without the help of the therapist.

Follow up
There might be an agreement with the counsellor or psychotherapist to have a follow-up meeting. This is to check how the child or young person is coping. If the child or young person is doing well, there will be no need for more support. But if they continue to have challenges with their anxiety or any other issues, this will be an opportunity to have extra support.  

List of useful resources

Anxiety
To read our information on anxiety, you can click here to access the link.  

Introduction to counselling and psychotherapy
The British Association for the Counselling Professions (BACP) have a useful document on different aspects of therapy. To read more, you can click here to access the link.

Anxiety setbacks
Anxiety Care UK offers some advice on their website on some practical steps that can be taken when experiencing setbacks with anxiety. You can click here to access the link.

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Mindsum gave me the inspiration and hope

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Most of the people I spoke to in recent months think that depression is another form of sadness. And by experiencing depression daily, I can definitely say, no, it’s not. Depression eats you from inside, and you feel it. It surrounds you from all sides, and you see the world from a thin layer of darkness build by depression. It’s with you day in day out.

In the wake of current coronavirus, my condition became worse. I started having suicidal thoughts that drove me crazy. I was kind of drowning in a sea of emptiness. At times I remained in the bed for several hours and my mom had to really push hard to get me to the dining table. I kept staring the roof of my room. I had the numbness, and it was painful.

Seven months ago, I started exploring possible treatments and therapies. I had some short sessions with a therapist, but it was costing me lots of money. I then started looking at the help from the NHS. I was referred by my GP. However, after 5 weeks, I was told that I’m in the queue so will have to wait till I get my appointment.

This is when I started looking at some charities who can help me. My mom came up with a few suggestions, like Young Minds. However, most of the charities only gave me the information and directed me to some other place where I could possibly get help. I then found Mindsum searching on the internet. I was surprised that Mindsum not only provides the information and tips but also, they booked me a call with one of their experts who was very experienced in dealing with depression. I was then given a plan and offered free weekly sessions to cope with my condition. I believe this is a one-stop shop if you are experiencing a mental health issue.

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