I'm worried about how I'm feeling

A child walking in wellington boots We all feel worried sometimes, and that’s ok. Lots of people feel worried about exams, new experiences and things like speaking out loud in front of people.

It is also ok to feel low or sad every now and then - it is normal for our emotions to be up and down. If you feel sad or worried a lot and this doesn’t go away, so it is affecting your day to day life, you may want to speak to someone.

 

When to talk to someone

When worries or feeling down begins to stop you enjoying activities you usually enjoy, stop you going into school, or affect your eating and sleeping, you might find it helpful to speak with someone.

It can be hard to concentrate and remember things when you are busy and have a lot of things going on at once, but if your poor concentration and memory is affecting your life, it may be a sign you need support.

It is normal to get angry, upset, excited and really happy when different things happen. But, if you feel your behaviours and thinking is unusual or very different from your friends, speaking to someone about your feelings and thoughts may help you.

 

These problems are common

Lots of young people have problems with their thoughts or feelings – about 1 in 10. So there are probably people in your class who have similar problems. It happens to adults too – about 1 in 4 people have these problems every year.

Mental health is similar to physical health - there are different types of mental health and different treatments.

Here are some mental health difficulties:

  • Low mood/depression – feeling sad or down most of the time
  • Anxiety and phobias – feeling worried or scared a lot
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD – obsessive thoughts and behaviours
  • Post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD – problems caused by something bad which happened to you
  • Eating disorders – problems with eating
  • Psychosis  - seeing or hearing things which aren’t there, or believing things which couldn’t be true