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What are signs to look out for?

worried you might have an 
ANXIETY DISORDER?

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;

  • Phobias

  • Panic Disorders

  • Social Anxiety

  • Separation Anxiety

  • Situational Anxiety

  • 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.

  • Easily tired.

  • Hard time concentrating, mind going blank, or excessive "brain fog".

  • Increased irritability.

  • Muscle tension.

  • 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. 

WAIT! BEFORE YOU SCROLL DOWN... 
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. 

JEWISH SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS

CENTER FOR ANXIETY: NEW YORK
Intensive outpatient treatment program, support groups, community education, training programs

Click here

FIND A JEWISH THERAPIST
Find a Jewish therapist that is specific to your needs.

OKCLARITY

JEWISH REFERRAL ORGANIZATIONS

These organizations are around to help you
navigate the system:

Relief

MASK

*In addition to above, your local Jewish Family Services organizations will likely have some great programs and referral options within your area. 

GENERAL SUPPORT

TAKE A SCREENING TEST

Click here

ANXIETY CANADA

Free online, self-help, and evidence-based resources on anxiety, creators of award-winning app called MindShift CBT to help Canadians manage Anxiety.

Click here

 

ADAA: ANXIETY & DEPRESSION ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
Lots of online resources & support. 

Click here

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH

Lots of online resources & Support.

Click here
 

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now that you have taken the first step to getting the right kind of help,
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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.

HELP GUIDE

 

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 internationally

  • 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.

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