1. Feeling anxious about a test or asking a girl out isn’t the same thing as having Anxiety. There are three types of clinical anxiety disorders. Generalized Anxiety causes one to feel anxious nearly constantly, even over the little stuff. Social Anxiety is the fear of social interactions. And lastly, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety characterized by obsessive thoughts which cause repetitive behaviors.
2. Anxiety is not just a person being nervous all the time. It takes on physical symptoms like sweating, increased heart rate and tiredness, which can make every day a battle.
3. Lip biting can be an overlooked sign of an anxiety disorder.
4. Peer pressure can trigger or exacerbate Anxiety, especially for anyone who’s already at risk.
5. For someone with Anxiety, you never know what might trigger a panic attack.
6. Aside from medications, exercise, sports, the Arts, and meditation are all good was to cope with Anxiety.
7. There’s a movement called Project Semicolon which provides support to, and advocates for people with Anxiety and other mental health conditions. They say “A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended, but chose not to. The sentence is your life and that author is you.” It’s a great reminder to not let your anxiety stop you from living your life!