Suffering from anxiety and depression

Anxiety

Anxiety is a word used to describe our feelings when we are uncomfortable or frightened. Anxiety can be brought on by a number of reasons including pressures at school, relationship difficulties with parents or friends or bereavement, loss or other stressful events. Anxiety is a normal feeling we all experience. If you’re feeling anxious you may feel worried, tired and unable to concentrate. You might be sleeping badly and feel irritable, which can start to impact on your daily life. If you are feeling anxious it is very important to talk to someone. Help can be sought through your school nurse or GP.

Depression

You can experience depression at any stage in your life. Depression can affect your feelings, behaviours, and thoughts. Having pressures at school, your parents splitting up or a close relative or friend dying can evoke strong feelings of sadness, anger, hopelessness or worthlessness. You may experience a lack of energy, have trouble sleeping, or cry a lot and not be able to explain why you feel so down. Remember it is not your fault that you are depressed. It is important to get help and talk to a trained professional who can guide you towards feeling better. You can speak to your school nurse or GP.

Remember if the person you first speak to does not help or does not believe you then speak to someone else.

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