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We are not trained in mental health, however we have a lot of experience with young people and the issues they are facing.  Anxiety and depression is rife, we encourage you to know the signs and know how to find help.   A great place to start is with your GP and if you feel like you are getting nowhere there, see another!

Here are some of the signs from Healthline.com:

While anxiety symptoms vary from person to person, in general the body reacts in a very specific way to anxiety. When you feel anxious, your body goes on high alert, looking for possible danger and activating your fight or flight responses. As a result, some common symptoms of anxiety include:

Panic attacks

A panic attack is a sudden onset of fear or distress that peaks in minutes and involves experiencing at least four of the following symptoms:

  • palpitations
  • sweating
  • shaking or trembling
  • feeling shortness of breath or smothering
  • sensation of choking
  • chest pains or tightness
  • nausea or gastrointestinal problems
  • dizziness, light-headedness, or feeling faint
  • feeling hot or cold
  • numbness or tingling sensations (paresthesia)
  • feeling detached from oneself or reality, known as depersonalization and derealization
  • fear of “going crazy” or losing control
  • fear of dying

 

Check out the special on TVNZ Sunday, November 2017:

Sunday: Under Pressure the Rise of Anxiety in Kiwi Youth

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