Penfield High School making student anxiety a priority

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Sweating, trembling, shaky hands.

Those are just three of the many symptoms people with anxiety experience. Penfield High School wants parents to be informed to better help their children.

Nearly one in three adolescents have had an anxiety disorder.

“It affects everybody and and anxiety certainly isn’t going anywhere. We’re becoming more aware of it so it’s really good to reduce that stigma” said Nicole Whitehead.

Among high school aged students, a much larger percentage of girls are impacted.

One parent attending this event has two sons who’ve struggled with anxiety. She says that experience and tonight’s class will help her, help her daughters if necessary.

“I feel like I’m trying to be very aware with my daughters. My sons are a little bit older and one of the things they always said to me was they got through it because I always listened to them” said Charis Kim.

Anxiety can lead to poor performance in school and missing out on social events.

Eleni Gogos went through her own struggles, leaning on those closest to her for help.

“I only pushed through it with the support of my friends so other people who had been through similar situations really kind of gave me that push” said Eleni Gogos.

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