What Do I Do If I'm Struggling With Anxiety?

It can be really hard to know if you have a diagnosable anxiety disorder. After all, anxiety is a matter of perspective and what causes one person anxiety, may not cause anxiety for someone else. How do you diagnose something that's different for every person?  

Fortunately for you and me, it's not our job to do that as we aren't doctors who've had years of medical training and understand how to diagnose and begin to treat mental health disorders like anxiety. It is our job however, to say when something isn't right with us.

The NHS website says "If you're experiencing symptoms of anxiety over a long period of time, you may have an anxiety disorder." 

There are several types of named anxiety disorders and you can read all about them on the NHS website. Before you do that though, read this...

Know that you don't have to tick every box to qualify for getting some help. 

Know that just because you had that panic attack last week and you're ok now, does not mean you don't need any further support.

Know that just because you know someone who is really struggling with anxiety, and your's isn't that bad, that what you're feeling still matters.

And know that if you don't feel right. You're allowed to ask for help. Always. Even if this is the first time, or the tenth time.

You matter, regardless of what other people think.

If you think you're struggling with anxiety - book an appointment with your GP now. You can do it.


Alumina is a free, online 7 week course for young people struggling with self-harm. Each course has up to 8 young people, all accessing the sessions from their own phones, tablets or laptops across the UK. The courses take place on different evenings of the week and are run by friendly, trained counsellors and volunteer youth workers. You don’t need an adult to refer you or sign you up, and no-one will see or hear you during the sessions – you’ll just join in via the chatbox. We want to help you to find your next steps towards recovery, wherever you are on your journey.

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