Anxiety is a topic that not a lot of young people are educated on. However, it is crucial that it is spoken about more, to open minds and raise awareness. Here are four facts about anxiety that you may not know.
1. Women have double the risk than men
Scientific studies have shown that girls and women are more at risk. This spans from the time they start puberty until the age of 50. In this period, she is more likely to have an anxiety disorder.
2. Genetics play a role in things too
If you have anxiety, it’s likely someone in your family does also. “Individuals inherit a predisposition to being an anxious person, (and) about 30% to 40% of the variability is related to genetic factors,” explains psychologist Amy Przeworski for Everyday Health.
3. There are several types of anxiety
Just some of the different anxiety disorders that people around the globe that people are affected by include
•General anxiety disorder (GAD)
•Social anxiety disorder
•Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
•Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
4. There are always places for help
Childline has online 1-2-1 councillors that you can talk to about your worries, anxiety or other topics. It’s a place where you can receive help without any judgement and where your problems are kept private.
If you cannot access them on the internet, you can call on 0800 1111 instead.