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Opinions: What is anxiety and how can you prevent it?

by Maryam in Year 7

According to mentalhealth.org, 1 in 6 people every week suffered from a common mental health condition in 2017. Anxiety is common and is not something to worry about, even the most famous people experience it. Actress Emma Stone has anxiety and is prone to panic attacks; she had them so often that she developed agoraphobia. She has said that she has learnt to cope with it and found strategies to deal with it and make her life as normal as possible.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. However, anxiety can also have a positive side. For example, you could be worried about a family members upcoming operation which shows that you are afraid on their behalf.

Anxiety from a positive perspective

From a positive perspective, anxiety can help a person to relieve themselves of all their worries, anger and sadness (if they have any.) It can also help family members understand how the person who has anxiety feels, their likes and dislikes and many more.

Dealing/Controlling Anxiety

Anxiety can be controlled in multiple different ways. The most common of which are medication and therapy. However, over time therapy has become a more popular and safer option and is usually what would be recommended first. As well as this, therapy is also a way for the person to detoxify themselves from all the negative energy built up inside of them.


In conclusion, I believe that anxiety can be positive and negative but if looked after and controlled in the right way it can be manageable and unnoticeable.