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anxiety

This has only been happening in the last year or so and I just want some advice
I think it stems from my fear of sick, but when im in open, quiet spaces, I suddenly get this overwhelming feeling out of nowhere that I just need to get out and my heart starts beating really fast and I feel like im gonna throw up. I dont think this is a panic attack as it doesn't seem as bad as I always hear it made out to be online, but it's horrible and idk how to stop it.
It usually happens during for example, assembly at school or during exams. It's not anxiety due to the fact im doing an exam, it anxiety due to the fact im in a huge open space and it difficult to leave and its silent.
Im 18 and im sitting my a levels in a month and im just so nervous that this is going to affect my performance. I was thinking of going to the gp some time before my exams but not sure if they'll be able to do anything or if this is even anxiety or im just being stupid.
Ive tried to find ways to stop it but nothing works and I end up digging my nails deep into my skin to distract me until ive calmed down - it usually only lasts 2-3 mins.
ANY help would be appreciated im just so nervous this will affect my a levels and its genuinely just a horrible thing to experience
Reply 1
I'm sorry you are going through such a rough time right now. If it's open spaces that is giving you issues - you could get a letter from the GP after you booked an appointment and give it to your school. Schools tend to under certain circumstances give students the opportunity take the exam in a different setting. For example, I've seen students do their exams on a computer because they have arthritis, and it affects their hands and the way they hold their pen, and others with anxiety etc take exams in more private rooms with one invigilator. Talk to your school and see if there is a possibility for you to take your exam in a small room or something with no open spaces. Do this asap, and don't wait until you get an appointment it might take too long - do it simultaneously if that makes sense. Hopefully, you'll get the support you need.

I wish you the very best 💙
Original post by Anonymous
This has only been happening in the last year or so and I just want some advice
I think it stems from my fear of sick, but when im in open, quiet spaces, I suddenly get this overwhelming feeling out of nowhere that I just need to get out and my heart starts beating really fast and I feel like im gonna throw up. I dont think this is a panic attack as it doesn't seem as bad as I always hear it made out to be online, but it's horrible and idk how to stop it.
It usually happens during for example, assembly at school or during exams. It's not anxiety due to the fact im doing an exam, it anxiety due to the fact im in a huge open space and it difficult to leave and its silent.
Im 18 and im sitting my a levels in a month and im just so nervous that this is going to affect my performance. I was thinking of going to the gp some time before my exams but not sure if they'll be able to do anything or if this is even anxiety or im just being stupid.
Ive tried to find ways to stop it but nothing works and I end up digging my nails deep into my skin to distract me until ive calmed down - it usually only lasts 2-3 mins.
ANY help would be appreciated im just so nervous this will affect my a levels and its genuinely just a horrible thing to experience

First port of calling is your GP.

There is a lot of support out there such as:

-The Samaritans, you can call 116 123, which is available 24 hours a day

-Mind, 0300 123 3393

-Saneline, 0300 304 7000, from 4.30pm-10.30pm

-The mix, 0800 808 4994, 11am-11pm

-SHOUT, text 852258, 24 hour text service

-Crises, 741741, text service

-Papyrus, 0800 068 4141, if you have thoughts of suicide or in emotional distress

-Rethink mental health, 0300 5000 927

-No Panic, 0800 138 8889

-Relate, they have a chat advisor

-Mental Health 24/7: 0800 008 6516

-hubofhope website, useful contact information for your local area

You can self refer yourself to talking therapies on the NHS website.

There is the mind forum

Also Facebook groups

You can join support groups

You can contact a crises team if things get very bad

Plenty of resources online, information regarding well being.

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