One of the major things I wish people knew about anxiety is that it isn't uncommon in young people. I've been the teenager who was looked down on as a "troublesome teen" who didn't want to attend school.
The truth of the matter was, I did want to go to school. I did want to learn things, I did want my GCSEs. I just couldn't. I became afraid of school, and not just because of the bullies that awaited me every day.
Things got so bad that I couldn't go into Lisburn, the city where my school was based, without my breathing becoming laboured. I was absolutely terrified of...of what? I still can't answer that one.
So what I wish people knew about anxiety is that it's unpredictable, often inexplicable, and that it doesn't care how young or old you are.