Views On Anxiety

MaryCate Moe, Section Reporter

What many people fail to realize is the seriousness of anxiety. Anxiety is a big part of mental health, and life in general. If you can’t control anxiety, it controls you. The worst part is, not everyone understands.

A teacher randomly calling on someone, or having to present in front of the class, can produce large amounts of anxiety. Anxiety can become so bad that sleeping becomes difficult, because one might be replaying something they did over and over. The general public doesn’t really take in the concept of anxiety. It isn’t just a disorder, it’s a huge part of daily life for some. Panicking and worrying becomes normal.

You know that one person who’s really loud with friends and quiet around others? Some think that person is stuck up, or just doesn’t like people… but that isn’t always the case. They may be to “scared” to approach people (an example of social anxiety). People with social anxiety fear rejection. Sometimes, just smiling or saying hi to someone can change their entire day.

Anxiety can be caused by bullying or traumatic events, though sometimes it can run in family genes. There’s a huge number of effects it can have on people. A lot of people aren’t sure how to cope with this or deal with it. They might express themselves differently or act different. Middle school is the time when anxiety really starts to develop and present itself.

The general public (including middle school, high school, etc.) isn’t very accepting of people who suffer from anxiety. Someone’s first impression of a person with bad anxiety might be “weird” or “awkward.” The truth is, outsiders don’t know what this person goes through on a daily basis or the struggles they face. In fact, what people see on the surface is nothing compared to beneath. It’s not right to judge someone just based on of what can be seen in school. Instead of being “rude” or treating these people differently, it’s better to try to support them. If they get support, it can boost their confidence and help with their anxiety. The way we treat the people around us has a bigger effect on them than people might think.

Not only do other kids not understand, adults don’t always get it either. A lot of teachers might mistake someone with really bad anxiety as rebellious or “trying to get out of work.” As said before, this isn’t always the case. It’s important for teachers to understand. If a student doesn’t feel comfortable and is on edge, learning can become difficult. If you’re someone with bad anxiety, try talking to your teachers about it. Believe it or not, this could help. Parents are a whole other story. It really depends on the kind of people your parents are, but I would recommend telling them if you feel you’re struggling. The more support, the better.

Anxiety is difficult and a hard thing to deal with. Even worse, it can lead to depression and other disorders down the line. Sometimes people are strong enough to overcome this, others just need to be supported. They need to know that they aren’t in this alone and people want to help them. It’s surprising how much this can affect someone. At times everyone, not just people with anxiety need to feel accepted. This is a part of why it’s so important to treat others with respect… even the people you may not like.