Home > Uncategorized > An Anxious Teen's Guide to Explaining Anxiety

This is the place you feel so tiny, you cannot breathe or think. When you try to calm your breathing, it only gets worse. You might look normal, but on the inside, you’re screaming. It feels like you’re drowning, and there’s no surface.

Anxiety becomes a constant companion. It follows you everywhere. It can get so bad, you can’t sleep. It feels like there’s no escape.

You can lie for hours just thinking about all the bad things you have ever done. Some people don’t understand how bad anxiety is. They tell you to get over it. They say, “Just pretend it isn’t there,” or, “You’re overreacting.” No matter how much you want them to, it feels as if they can’t help you.

You constantly over think every situation you feel uncomfortable in. You feel empty, lost, unimportant. visit this You feel paralyzed. There is this barrier between you and where you want to go and what you want to do.

You’re too busy worrying about that embarrassing thing you did today that everyone tells you wasn’t bad, but you’re still worked up about it. You blame yourself for everything going on around you.

You’re consumed with the fear you’ve done something terribly wrong. You feel this pit in your stomach. You’re nauseous. Your legs are weak. Your head is spinning. There’s this lump in your throat that doesn’t seem to go away. You feel your heart beating so fast in your chest, it could implode. That doesn’t stop the shaking feeling in your legs, and it doesn’t stop the sweating. You feel you’re sinking into nothingness. 

It’s gotten so bad, you don’t sleep, and you skip meals, and your voice is so shaky you stop talking altogether. Everyone notices. This makes you more anxious. You’re stressed about stress before there’s even anything to be stressed about. You’re always uncomfortable and sleepy. You hardly speak, and when you do it’s all too slowly or too fast.

You find yourself rehearsing things to say in conversations. You repeat “‘Listen to the words I am not saying. Look for the things I am not doing. Ask about the things I am avoiding. Talk to me, but do not try to comfort me by saying, ‘This is all in your head.’” over and over until you feel it’s engraved in your mind forever only to discover that it’s all gone the following morning.

The paranoia of losing the people you love eats at you. You become clingy because you’re afraid to lose them. You dwell on an awkward moment for much longer than necessary. You fake an illness or make an excuse to get out of a social event whether it be going to a friend’s house or going to a football game.

You can’t even hold a conversation with someone without hating every second of it. It’s like you’re drowning and no one can see.

At least once, you’ve considered seeking help, but every time, you shake your head and discard that thought. “I can do it on my own,” you tell yourself. You know you can’t.


If you or someone you love is feeling anxious, call the crisis call center: (800)-273-8255, text, “ANSWER” to 839863 for professional help, or visit teenhealthandwellness.com for more information