Hello. The topic of my speech is anxiety in teenagers. Some of you might not know what anxiety is, so allow me to explain. It is a mental disorder that causes nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying in the people affected by it. These disorders affect how they feel and behave. Anxiety is a normal part of growing up, but for most children it’s only a phase, temporary and usually harmless. But if they have developed an anxiety disorder, they will experience fear, nervousness and shyness for most of their lives.
Anxiety disorders affect one out of every eight teenagers in the world. Most of the time, these young men and women also struggle with other disorders like depression, eating disorders and attention deficit hyperactive disorder, among others. Along with the anxiety is also often social anxiety, a branch of the general disorder.
This produces extreme fear, panic attacks, sweating and nervous tics in the victims when exposed to social events. They will most often be extremely shy and awkward looking, but that’s because they are actually absolutely terrified. Anxiety also affects teenagers in school. It will affect them in their potential, and often grades will drop, motivation will be gone and they will skip school as often as they can. In our school, one thing that is overlooked much too often is mental disorders such as these.
They are not treated properly and teens with these problems are blamed for their bad grades. If we don’t make a kid with a broken leg run in P.E., why make a teen with social anxiety present an oral speech? I believe that we should first have proper diagnosis and treatment in the school of such disorders before we force children to do something that they are physically not able to do. If any of you suffer from anxiety disorders of any kind, I suggest that you take the right steps to treat it. It’s not always curable, but panic disorders, nervousness and nervous ticks could diminish significantly.
You might wonder what I mean when I say ‘nervous tics’. They are spasms of muscles caused by nervousness. For example, eye twitching; lip biting, shivering and irregular breathing patterns are all nervous tics. As we can see, anxiety is a huge problem. It affects 8% of today’s youth, but studies show that only 18% of them have been diagnosed and treated.
Most schools have counselors and nurses who can help diagnose it, and I believe that is something our school should do. It’s time to revolutionize the way Alvaro Obregon looks at mental disorders. They are not a choice and they are as serious as any other illness. Telling someone with anxiety to ‘relax’ or someone with depression to ‘cheer up’ is like asking a paralytic to ‘just walk’. It is physically and mentally impossible to do. Finally, I’d like to end by explaining what a panic attack is.
During a panic attack, the victim feels overwhelmed by an intense fear, a sense of impending doom, the fear he’s going crazy, or sensations of unreality. Physically, it will be accompanied by shortness of breath, sweating, choking, chest pains, nausea, dizziness, and numbness or tingling. During an attack, some teens may feel they’re dying or can’t breathe. Following a panic attack, many teenagers worry that they will have other attacks and try to avoid situations that may trigger them.
Because of this fear, they may begin to avoid normal activities and routines. I hope this speech has helped you think about the consequences of anxiety and also how to be more respectful and flexible to people dealing with it. Forcing someone with anxiety into situations that make them uncomfortable is not ‘treatment’; instead it is torture for that person.
So, in conclusion, anxiety is something that we should all keep in mind and look out for. Let’s revolutionize the disrespect people with mental disorders receive. Thank you for listening.
Courtney from Study Moose
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