According to the American Psychological Association, anxiety is an emotion characterised by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.

Is it worry or anxiety you're experiencing?  Everyone worries or is fearful sometimes.  Feeling extremely worried or fearful much of the time, or repeatedly feel panicky, may be a sign of an anxiety disorder.

Generalised anxiety disorders often present with recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns, leading to avoidance of certain situations out of overwhelming fear or concern.  There may also be physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, nausea, frequent urination, dizziness or a rapid heartbeat.

If this sounds familiar in your observations of self or others, specifically children and adolescents, Go Zen! is a great online resource for mentors to explore with them.

GoZen! focuses on anxiety relief for children.

GoStrengths! is a comprehensive social and emotional learning program.

GoHackify! is a research-based program to help kids manage Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  If your child has been diagnosed with OCD, or experiences repetitive negative thoughts and rituals, this is the program for them!

Seeking professional guidance on anxiety in children and adolescents can be the difference between surviving or thriving.  You don't need to go it alone, reach out to a health service or local medical professional to guide you on the journey.

Melissa Shadforth