By Alyssa Mink
According to Anxiety Centre, anxiety disorders affect 18.1% of the population in the United States between the ages 18 and 54. The Huffington Post reports that 1 in 8 children suffer from anxiety which means statistically about 182 students out of 1400 could have anxiety. Anxiety can have many different impacts in a student’s daily life such as diminished learning ability, poor test performance, and other social or behavior problems. Students may become discouraged as a result of their anxiety because often times they don’t know why they feel the way they do. Many people with anxiety either go undiagnosed and untreated or misdiagnosed and mistreated which means they are left to deal with their anxiety on their own. Schools can cause anxiety in many different ways such as getting called on in class fearing they may not know the answer, having to present a project in front of the class, and by fearing their peers judging them for possibly showing physical symptoms of anxiety. The easiest way to try to combat anxiety is by seeking help. Whether it be a psychologist, teacher, or friend seeking help and talking about how you’re feeling is a great way to begin calming your anxieties. The people around you may not understand your situation, but they will most likely be more than willing to educate themselves anyway they can so that they are better equipped to help you. As with any illness, it’s better to ask for help rather than going through it alone.
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