Anxiety Disorders

As many as 1 in 6 young people will struggle with anxiety difficulties as some point in their life. There are lots of words to describe anxiety (e.g. worry, fear, stress or panic). Anxiety is a normal part of life and most people feel anxious about certain life situations. However, sometimes anxiety can continue for a long time or might be so strong that it starts to interfere with how you live your life and do everyday things. This is when anxiety is a problem and when you might need to come to see CAMHS.

Having an anxiety problem might mean that you feel frightened, panicked and nervous a lot of the time. It might mean that you have trouble sleeping, eating and concentrating. When anxiety is a problem it can make you feel down, tired and/or irritable. You might also experience physical feelings such as feeling your heart beating strangely, having a dry mouth, having body aches and pains and you might feel shaky. These symptoms in themselves can be frightening but remember, anxiety is part of your survival system and is designed to keep you alive not kill you!

You also are likely to notice that you are avoiding situations. Anxiety difficulties could be due to your life experiences, your family history, experiences of trauma or something to do with your genes and/or your personality. At CAMHS we will work hard with you to help you to understand and manage your anxiety in a more helpful way so that you can get back to living your life in the way that you want to. We have clinicians trained in ways to treat anxiety problems.  In the meantime, you could try our ‘Feel Better’ pages to help you.

Anxiety based problems include (but are not limited to):

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Attacks
  • Phobias (including Social Phobia)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

More information can be found by following these links:

Royal College of Psychiatrists:,panic,phobias.aspx
Young Minds:
National Guidelines: