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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

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