It depends, everyone is different with anxiety. Even though it’s a mental illness physical symptoms come along with it. If you are feeling tired and sick all the time I suggest seeing a doctor just so they can rule out any other possibilities :)
To bring a parent round I find the best way to get through to them is to be honest with them. Don’t sugar coat how you’re feeling, explain to them how your anxiety manifests itself and how it is effecting you, physically, emotionally and of course, mentally. Maybe even tell them you wrote to an anxiety advice page? Explain that you are really struggling and this isn’t something that’s just come on you overnight, you’ve had a lot of time to think about what may be the root of your problems.
Remember, you can do anything. You are so much stronger than anything your anxiety can throw at you. Anxiety has a funny little way of pulling the ground from under you, you can feel shaken and weak. Find your limits with anxiety. However, don’t just stay in your comfort zone because the more out of your comfort zone you are, the more normal it becomes. Message me how talking to your parents goes. I hope this helps :)
Perhaps making your teachers aware of why you’re excusing yourself? Do you have a student counselor or somebody in pastoral care you can talk to? Do your parents know about your anxiety? Maybe talk to them and see if they can say something to your teachers instead of you having to do it. You may not have to leave the class every time you start to panic and to be honest that’s definitely not the best thing to do because you need to fight these feelings and not let it result in fleeing every time. If you flee every time you start to panic it might get worse. Next time you start to panic in lesson try and sit through it. Remember, it will not hurt you. You have been in that lesson many times before and you will go there again. The panic that you will feel will only be temporary and you’ll feel so much better when though’s feelings subside. You can do it :)
No one should depend on medication, you can get through this yourself. Taking medication will only ease your symptoms it’s not going to stop them completely. You have to help yourself, if you had a broken leg the medication would be your crutch but you still have to do all the hard work yourself. There are many different routes you can take and medication is only one of them. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Acupuncture, Meditation and an array of other things have all been know to help people with mental health problems. If you feel like medication is your only answer then you’ll need to seriously get it into your Mum’s head that there’s something wrong. You can always go to the doctor by yourself or take another family member if your Mum really won’t listen to you. Message me how talking to her goes. I hope this helps :)
You need to find a distraction method that works for you, something that will keep your mind off panicking. Perhaps focusing entirely on what your teacher is saying so you have no room to think about anything else. Maybe talking to a friend and getting to help you through it. Some people prefer not being disturbed so they can concentrate on their breathing. Maybe mentioning to your teacher that you’re struggling could help and asking if it’s possible to take a time out when you start to have a panic attack. I know the last suggestion sounds embarrassing but the teacher is there to support you. Maybe speak to your parents about it as well. Do you only get panic attacks in school? Message me off anon if you like :)
Stress is extremely common and you are not crazy. You have to remember your anxiety doesn’t control you. Anxiety does a very good job of confusing you and making you feel lost but there are people who can help you. You need to tell someone how you’ve been feeling. Opening up to someone can be daunting but it’s a big step towards controlling your anxiety and reclaiming that sense-of-self you feel you’ve lost. I hope this helps :)
If chewing gum works keep doing it outside of school! It can be difficult to find distractions inside of school because most teachers want complete silence off their students and if the lesson is particularly tedious then all your thoughts may focus on your anxiety. If you’re aloud to talk in lesson, talk to a friend and ask them how they’re doing. Sometimes shifting the conversation to someone else can help because your thoughts are on them. Most of the ways to distract yourself in lesson without drawing attention to yourself will be through your thought processes. Acknowledge that this is just anxiety, it is trying to make you feel uncomfortable but it will not hurt you. Think positively, even if you’ve only just sat down in your first lesson, the school day will end. When your anxiety is really bad look at your lessons as little challenges, “Right, I can get through this lesson without thinking about my anxiety.” think about it positively and take it one day at a time. You’ll have good days and bad days but try to start each day a fresh. Don’t let yesterday’s worries spill over to today because it’s just making it harder on yourself. I hope this helps! Message me anytime :)