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A School Girl's Guide To Anxiety

Updated: Sep 28, 2020

According to the American Psychological Association, anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes like increased blood pressure. People with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. They may avoid certain situations out of worry. I'm one of these many people with anxiety. Did you know that 7% of children have anxiety? Some symptoms of anxiety are feelings of fear and uneasiness, an exaggerated startle reflex, poor concentration, irritability, and insomnia. Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the U.S. It causes both physical and psychological symptoms. Today I'm here to talk about my personal experience with anxiety, so it all started one day in online Spanish class, I was just in class chilling and then the teacher called on me, she asked me a question and I didn't know what the answer was and at that moment I felt so, worried and scared that people would view me differently if I told them I didn't know the answer. I felt like I couldn't ask for help. At that moment, the whole room went silent and I felt like the walls were closing in on me, my hands got sweaty, I felt so uneasy, I couldn't talk, I felt crazy. I froze. All I could hear at that moment was my name echoing in the background. Next thing you know she told me that I could leave if I wasn't feeling okay so I left. It started happening in almost all my online classes and people started getting worried about me. I think this started happening because I thought that making a mistake would make people view me differently. Teachers started to question me on why this was happening, so one day my math teacher asked me why I didn't have my camera on, I told him that I felt anxious sometimes and he made a decision that really helped me in the future, he told me to talk to my school psychologist, so from then on I was thriving, I felt calmer and a lot less worried about making a mistake, I started to view making a mistake a lot differently, I started to think that making a mistake was just a way of improving. I'm still seeing my school psychologist but less frequently. That's my experience with anxiety, I hope you enjoyed this.



PS. Sorry, I haven't posted in a while, I had a lot of trouble picking a theme.

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