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I’m scared about all the recent events happening in the UK..


So I have been told by doctors that I have severe anxiety and panic attacks.

And all I hear lately is about the problems in the UK. Nothing is getting any better, and to make it worse, Harry decided to say how he killed all those people in Iran. With this going on and Iran now targeting the UK, my anxiety is through the roof. I am so scared if something might happen, like a war or some kind of attack.

As a regular to Central London, and the fact im going next week, I am so worried.

I don‘t want there to be a war, I just want the UK to be simple and back to the way it was.

Thank you

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Hi there

It's normal to worry about things we hear on the news. Sometimes trying to hear less about what's going on in the world can make it easier to manage our concerns.

There are many things people can do to cope with anxiety and manage panic attacks. It's about finding things that work best for you and reaching out to someone to talk to if you can.

Conflict and war has gone on for a very long time. The UK, being in the position it is, like other countries often does its part in sending help to those that need it. It may feel like there are more worrying problems than ever at the moment but a lot of that is because of media coverage.

Before 24-hour news existed, people would need to research or wait for the main news to get just the headlines. But now with 24-hour news channels, social media and people's unlimited access to the internet, it's very hard to avoid it. And because there is so much information reported, it's hard to know what is true or what is fake news.

The media, online journalists and people like influencers who talk about these topics often share the most controversial or emotive stories for shock value as it receives the most engagement with viewers.

It’s the same reason we hear more negative that positive news – because the negative news makes more of an impact. Keeping up to date with the news is good if you want to know what is happening, but ensuring this is from a safe source is important.

Worrying about the world is common, we hear so much but actually know quite little about the work that goes on that keeps everyone safe. Many people come to the UK every year as they know it’s a place where they can have a new life and be out of danger. There are specialist teams of people working every day to ensure the UK and the people that live here can be as safe as possible.

You could try limiting your exposure as much as you can to things that cause you worry. This could be the news, social media, or other sources. Try and think positively and maybe write down all the good things about London, things you would like to do and see there next. Spend time doing things that make you feel good like getting outside, trying self-care and relaxation techniques.

Recognising that what you are experiencing is anxiety and panic attacks can help you learn triggers and techniques to help you manage them.

Grounding yourself can be effective in any situation you need to feel calmer in. Wherever you are, look around and name 5 things you can see, 4 things you can touch or feel, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell and 1 thing you can taste. There are a lot more advice and tips on the Childline anxiety pages.

You may also find it helpful to speak about this more with Childline counsellors or with other young people on the message boards.

I hope this helps.

Take care


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