1 of 5 View 5 Items Scott G Winterton, Deseret News “Angst” producer Karin Gornick hugs Ginger Hales after a screening of the movie at Fort Herriman Middle School on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Related Link Screening of ‘Angst’ documentary sparks discussion of teen anxiety in Utah HERRIMAN — Everybody has anxiety, said 13-year-old Kali Duerksen, but nature went and dialed her sensitivity level up to an 11. Sometimes it’s triggered by schoolwork, or loud noises, or spiders. Sometimes, there’s no obvious cause. The signs are clear, though. During an anxiety attack, her heart beats faster and she gets short of breath. She begins to sweat. Her mind “blanks out,” and she momentarily sees black. Before she was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder two years ago, “We weren’t sure where to turn and how to get help,” said Kali’s mom, Trina Duerksen. But therapy has since brought improvements, as has the understanding shown by Kali’s educators at Elk Ridge Middle School and the downtime Kali spends at the end of each day petting her cat and watching science videos on YouTube. People are becoming more comfortable talking to about anxiety, Duerksen said, and there’s value in learning that “you’re not… Read full this story
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