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What are signs to look out for?
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It is a common misconception that general feelings of anxiousness, worry, fear, restlessness, stress, nervousness... means automatic anxiety disorder.
Great news... within reason, these symptoms are not only OK, they are all signs that your system is working as it should!
Just like if you were to place you hand on a hot stove top, your hand would feel pain and recoil (due to the miracle of the nervous system's pain sensors), our brains works similarly. These thoughts and feelings alert us to problems that need to be addressed.
But... when anxiety symptoms become soooooo extreme that they impair your ability to function normally in your day-to-day activities, you might want to get some help. Depending on the specific situation, your anxiety might actually be quite treatable.
Genetics, environmental stressors, individual personality characteristics, trauma and psychiatric problems can all contribute to the onset of anxiety disorders.
If you think you might have an anxiety disorder, here are some signs to look out for:
GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) is only one diagnosis within the broader anxiety disorder category.
Other common anxiety disorders include;
OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
According to the American Psychiatric Association, these are the DSM-5 criteria that would
"red flag" a generalized anxiety disorder;
1. Excessive anxiety and worry more days than not for at least 6 months, about multiple things
(such as work and school performance).
2. Finding it hard to control worry (Like if you consider yourself worried all the time).
3. Anxiety and worry associated with three (or more) of the following six symptoms
Note: for children, it's worth getting a consultation if only one of the following symptoms are present:
Restlessness irritability or "on edge" feelings.
Hard time concentrating, mind going blank, or excessive "brain fog".
Difficulty falling or staying asleep.
4. Anxiety, worry, or physical symptoms negatively effect social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
5. Above disturbance is not due to other factors.
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If you feel like it's an emergency, call your local emergency number!
If you think you may have issues with anxiety, and it's not an emergency, please
try reaching out to some of these organizations to find the practical help you need.
Our resources are only here to encourage your journey,
not to take it for you.
now that you have taken the first step to getting the right kind of help,
enjoy browsing our collection of interesting resources below.
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These resources are in no particular order. We do not endorse one organization over the other. This list is built by recommendations from the the community. While we do our best to sift through recommendations for quality control, not all resources are the right fit for everyone. Do your homework.
Support in the U.S.
NAMI Helpline – Trained volunteers can provide information, referrals, and support for those suffering from anxiety disorders in the U.S. Call 1-800-950-6264. (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
Find a Therapist – Search for anxiety disorder treatment providers in the U.S. (Anxiety Disorders Association of America)
Support Groups – List of support groups in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and South Africa. (Anxiety and Depression Association of America)
Anxiety UK – Information, support, and a dedicated helpline for UK sufferers and their families. Call: 03444 775 774. (Anxiety UK)
Anxiety Canada – Provides links to services in different Canadian provinces. (Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada)
SANE Help Centre – Provides information about symptoms, treatments, medications, and where to go for support in Australia. Call: 1800 18 7263. (SANE Australia).
Helpline (India) – Provides information and support to those with mental health concerns in India. Call: 1860 2662 345 or 1800 2333 330.