Young people ‘need help’ with anxiety, warn charities

anxious young girlArticle on BBC Newsbeat online.

The number of 16-25 year olds looking online for help with anxiety is on the rise, say Anxiety UK and YouthNet.

In January, Anxiety UK had more than 5,000 young visitors on their site, compared to just over 3,500 at the same time last year.

In January 2014 YouthNet recorded 10,936 visitors compared to January 2013 when they received 9,611.

“Anxiety is a ticking time bomb among young people,” said Emma Rubach from YouthNet.

She added: “For many years it hasn’t really been recognised that they’re suffering from this.

“And now that people are starting to get help I think we’re starting to see more numbers coming forward.

“I certainly think young people have it tougher – never being able to switch off. You have your phone in your pocket, you’re on social media on all the time, and it’s really hard to step away from that sometimes.”

Terri Torevell from Anxiety UK said: “There needs to be more support for young people with anxiety.

“Anxiety is normal, it’s treatable and it getting help early can help a person to not experience those feeling any longer than they need to.”

Twenty-one year old Anjeli Shah turned to YouthNet last year after suffering symptoms of anxiety.

“I feel quite panicky, nervous. My chest does get quite tight, I get out of breath, and it tends to happen when you’re either in unfamiliar surrounding or surrounded by a lot of strangers.

“You feel quite agitated, you don’t really know what to say, and I feel quite blank.”

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For those young people over the age of 18, as well as counselling there are herbal supplements that can help – rather than being prescribed antidepressants – in the early stages.

Passion Flower is known for its calming qualities. RelaxHerb, containing the highest strength of Passion Flower is traditionally used for the temporary relief of symptoms associated with stress such as mild anxiety. For more information and special prices visit http://www.relaxherb.co.uk. Always read the label.

Rhodiola rosea has a unique dual action of lowering stress whilst increasing energy levels and is ideal for people on the verge of “burn-out”. Vitano, containing Rhodiola rosea is traditionally used for the temporary relief of symptoms associated with stress such as fatigue, exhaustion and mild anxiety. For more information and special prices visit http://www.vitano.co.uk. Always read the label.

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