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Anxiety is not simply worrying. Having feelings of fear and worry sometimes, is normal. Anxiety occurs when these feelings stay focused on specific issues and persist for an extended period of time. Anxiety also affects one's ability to function normally.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

A person with anxiety may experience:

  • Headaches, nausea, diarrhoea
  • Excessive worry
  • Muscle tension, shortness of breath
  • Decreased concentration
  • Fatigue, loss of energy
  • Change in appetite
  • Feeling light-headed, dizzy, or sweaty
  • Decreased or restless sleep

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What can I do to manage anxiety?

  • Eat healthy
  • Make physical activity  and  active living a part of your day
  • Talk to a friend, family member, counsellor, family doctor or faith leader
  • Develop a strong support system
  • Use relaxation techniques such as yoga and deep breathing
  • Practice good sleep habits to ensure you are getting enough sleep
  • Ask for help
  • Avoid using drugs, alcohol or caffeine to cope

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Where can I go for help?

  • Family Physician
  • Friends
  • School Counsellor
  • Clergy/ Faith Leader
  • Family members
  • COAST – Crisis Outreach and Support Team Halton (for people age 16 or older)
  • ROCK - Reach Out Centre For Kids External Link (For children up to 18 years of age)
    24 hour Crisis line - 905 878-9785

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