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Information: Worries, anxieties
Anxiety is common and normal, but when it stops you doing things that you, or other people think you should be doing, then it may become a problem.

There are many types of anxieties, such as:-
Simple fears, of spiders, thunder, insects, and animals
Social fears, and worries, avoiding people or parties
General anxiety, like over exams, leaving home, coping with money, and life
Panic attacks
Odd fears, of germs, contamination, dirt, obsessions and compulsions
Anxiety about being ill, or catching a serious illness
There are other specific conditions, such as anorexia, trauma, go to the relevant areas for more information on these.

Learning to cope with normal stresses, and anxiety is part of growing up. When it seems you can't cope, then you may need to talk or deal with it, see the coping page for some ideas
Advice
People who play sport, or an musical instrument, know that anxiety helps improve performance, as long as the anxiety is not too much. With most new things, you will worry, or even fear it, (like parachuting with no training). After training and safe practice, it can be done (usually!)

Learning to cope with anxiety is about teaching your mind and body to look at the situation realistically. For instance, too much anxiety about spiders (a phobia) could be dealt with by telling yourself, "spiders cannot cause serious harm in the UK, my fear is groundless and my body is overeacting"

Learning to deal with worries especially if they are very severe can be very difficult.
Some steps to recovery include:-
1) Finding the energy and determination to do so
2) Accepting that the anxiety is excessive for the situation
3) Finding the right help, many people find unexpected solutions and sources
Downloads
Self assessment depression and anxiety
You may want to try these self assessments
Your mood
Your problems
dep, anxiety, stress
Story about depression
Links
Anxiety and phobias
Anxiety.com
OCD youth, new website for young people