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What is anxiety?

  • Anxiety is feeling severe worry or tension.
  • You can feel anxiety for loads of reasons. You're not alone. CALM's got lots of tools and resources to help you cope with anxiety.

“My anxiety started when I was about 21. I had my first panic attack and I didn’t know what the hell it was. You think you’re dying or having a heart attack. I didn’t speak about it for six months because I thought I was different, or that nobody would understand what I was going through, because I didn’t understand it myself.”

Jamie Laing's story

  • "I was struggling to cope with my anxiety and it led to depression. It took at least 12 months for me to realise and ask for help from my GP. It affected my work, I couldn't use the phone, I withdrew from social events. Medication and CBT training helped me understand what was going on and challenge my thoughts."

    James' Story
  • "I have learnt that no one can deal with everything on their own and just talking and letting things out makes a massive difference"

    Andy's Story
  • “I need to talk to you about how I’m feeling. Things are tough at the moment and I’m worrying/feeling nervous a lot of the time. I think I might have anxiety”

  • “I need to talk – I’ve been struggling with [ ] and I’ve been feeling very anxious."

  • “You might have noticed I’ve not been around so much lately. I’ve been finding things difficult, and think I might be experiencing anxiety.”

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