Anxiety in teens and pre-teens

Column by Jayden Gonzalez
Posted 4/28/21

Hi, I wanted to do this document because I’m a pre-teen that struggles with anxiety. I didn’t even want to do this because I was stressed out! I know you don’t want to trust a 12-year-old but …

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Anxiety in teens and pre-teens

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Hi, I wanted to do this document because I’m a pre-teen that struggles with anxiety. I didn’t even want to do this because I was stressed out! I know you don’t want to trust a 12-year-old but would you like to hear it from a 57-year old that just did research or someone that has it. I’m guessing that half of you stopped reading because what you probably thought is. “This stupid 12-year-old doesn’t know anything about the real world. I’m going to call the newspaper’s manager to tell them to take this down.” But the other half please stay so you can listen to what I’m about to say.

According to kidsheath.org, everyone experiences feelings of anxiety from time to time. Anxiety can be described as a sense of uneasiness, nervousness, worry, fear, or dread of what’s about to happen or what might happen. While fear is the emotion we feel in the presence of a threat, anxiety is a sense of anticipated danger, trouble, or threat. I know that because I feel all these feelings. Also according to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 1 in 3 of all adolescents ages 13 to 18 will experience an anxiety disorder.

Now here are some things I have to deal with. I feel some people think people with anxiety are just having a bad day or they just want attention. So when the anxiety turns to depression they think of committing suicide. No one tries to help them so they think no one would care If they were gone. So when it’s too late they achingly check on them and well you know.

So please don’t ignore this and help people out that are experiencing anxiety because it is a huge problem. Also if you see a friend or family member that is showing this, please just go up to them and ask, “are you OK?” Or, “do you need help?” “Can I help you out?”

And at the end of all of these give them a hug.

Also if you are reading this and you are experiencing this don’t wait to get help or someone to talk to. Because you might need it so you can be healthy physically and mentally.

Jayden Gonzalez, seventh grader at CCMS, nicknamed himself “the kind of chaos” and loves video games and cooking.

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