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Everybody feels sometimes anxious, especially when faced with new situations such as going to a new school, undertaking an exam, starting a new job, moving to a different area or going on a first date.  This is normal human behaviour.  However, this becomes abnormal when it makes you fearful and so anxious that you cannot face/avoids the situation and start having panic attacks.

Here are the signs that you/someone is having a panic attack:

  • a pounding heartbeat
  • breathing faster
  • palpitations (an irregular heartbeat)
  • feeling sick
  • chest pains
  • headaches
  • sweating
  • loss of appetite
  • feeling faint
  • needing the toilet more frequently
  • “butterflies” in your tummy

What can you do to overcome this? You should talk to a doctor, a mental health nurse, a school nurse or teacher.

You can find some very useful links and advice in the Youth Mental Health area.

You can also call the Samaritans on 116 123. The number is free to call in the UK and Ireland.

They have a dedicated webpage for underage people which we recommend you visit if you need more details.