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Web Chat: Anxiety: Mon 29th Feb 4:30-5pm

Join us for a chat from 4:30pm on Monday 29th February 2016.

Are you feeling troubled by anxiety or worrying too much? Not sure who to talk to or where to get help. To find out more join this chat on Monday 29th February 4:30pm – 5pm to get advice from a healthcare professional, connect with other young people, ask questions, find answers and discuss.

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Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 29 Feb 16:32

Welcome to everybody, the web chat on anxiety is now open

BlueOwl / 29 Feb 16:36

why isn't the chat working?

BlueOwl / 29 Feb 16:36

Oh it is, i think i may have anxiety what is it exctly?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 29 Feb 16:38

Welcome BlueOwl, anxiety is a normal body response to a threatening experience, aka flight or fight response. You get lots of physical symptoms as your body gets ready to cope with the potential threat.

BlueOwl / 29 Feb 16:40

similair to adrenaline then?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 29 Feb 16:42

Adrenaline is released into your body to prepare your body for action. This can be something exciting or threatening. This is a normal bodily response.

BlueOwl / 29 Feb 16:43

ok before ive worried at night about exams, is this anxiety?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 29 Feb 16:46

A helpful way to think about worry is almost a 'self talk'. Everybody worries and asks themselves 'what if...' sometimes worrying about exams can help you to prepare in advance. Some worry can be helpful.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 29 Feb 16:46

A helpful way to think about worry is almost a 'self talk'. Everybody worries and asks themselves 'what if...' sometimes worrying about exams can help you to prepare in advance. Some worry can be helpful.

YawningHorse / 29 Feb 16:46

I worry about every little thing and my heart beats really fast - is this normal

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 29 Feb 16:47

Most worries are short lived and can be situational eg. worrying about exams, doing well, performing on stage. This can give us the ability to practice our problem solving skills, helping us manage worries more effectively.

BlueOwl / 29 Feb 16:48

i feel the worrying is keeping me awake longer though, how can i get over this?

YawningHorse / 29 Feb 16:48

exams are so soon. How do i cope with that and course work

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 29 Feb 16:49

As the body prepares itself for activity we can get physical symptoms as a result, for example increased heart rate, blood rushing to your muscles, sweating to stop your body overheating, butterflies in your tummy and dry mouth. This varies from person to person.

BlueOwl / 29 Feb 16:50

isa there m,edication available? can i take this?

BlueOwl / 29 Feb 16:50

isa there m,edication available? can i take this?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 29 Feb 16:51

A good way to think about worries is to write them down, share them with somebody or ask for help. Have you found a way to solve this problem before? Is there anybody that can help you?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 29 Feb 16:52

What are your potential solutions? Any advantages or disadvantages? Make a step by step plan, can anybody help you do this?

YawningHorse / 29 Feb 16:52

sleep and anxiety does it effect it

YawningHorse / 29 Feb 16:53

it takes me ages to do my coursework and then i stress because i can't start it and then i have anxiety.

BlueOwl / 29 Feb 16:53

is anxiety is mental isnt it, hpuld i be able just to forget it and get on with stuff

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 29 Feb 16:53

If you are concerned that you may have anxiety that is impacting negatively on your daily life, we would reccommend you go and speak with your GP, school nurse, parents or someone you trust to talk about your worries.

YawningHorse / 29 Feb 16:54

ok thanks

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 29 Feb 16:59

Anxiety can be a mental health condition, mental health is a continuum. Five steps to mental wellbeing is stay active, stay sociable, keep learning, connect with your family and friends and be mindful. It is important to look after your physical, emotional and mental health. All of these are important, just like you.
If concerned please go and see your GP.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 29 Feb 17:01

Just before we go, we wish you all a good week. Please come and join us for our next web chat next Monday. Please check out the rest of the website, we have a whole range of topics to explore for health and wellbeing.

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