Mental health – What is anxiety?

At The Kibworth School we have a crucial role to play in promoting good mental health and intervening quickly when there are problems. Our ‘Well being’ co-ordinator can be contacted on email:, or alternatively call to book an appointment if you require any support or just would like to discuss any concerns you may have.

Anxiety is a feeling of fear or panic. Feeling generally anxious sometimes is normal. Most people worry about something – money or exams – but once the difficult situation is over, you feel better and calm down.

If the problem has gone but the feeling of fear or panic stays or even gets stronger, that’s when anxiety becomes a problem.

With as many as one in six young people experiencing anxiety at some point, it is very common to have anxiety. So if you need any support please contact the school.

The symptoms of anxiety

The symptoms of anxiety start out the same as just feeling generally anxious but get worse or last longer than they should.

These include:

  • Feeling frightened, nervous or panicky all the time
  • Getting down or depressed
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Low appetite
  • Lack of concentration
  • Tired and irritable
  • Palpitations – when your heart feels like its racing
  • Dry mouth
  • Trembling
  • Feeling faint
  • Stomach cramps and/or diarrhoea

Feeling one, some or even most of the above doesn’t necessarily mean you have anxiety. It’s important to talk to your GP to get a full diagnosis.

What to do about anxiety

Take the first step – if you think you are affected by anxiety, talk to your GP or school nurse.

Our school well being co-ordinator can be contacted by email:

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