What to Do About Anxiety
Some people experience symptoms of anxiety that are severe. Symptoms may consistently happen over and over again, affect someone’s ability to do daily tasks, or affect how they get along with other people. These may be signs of an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders can happen at any age and sometimes happen with other mental health, substance use, and medical challenges. Some people experience panic attacks, feel anxious all the time, or avoid daily activities because of intense feelings of fear.
Why do I have anxiety?
Feelings of anxiety can come from many areas in your life, for example:
- Difficult, stressful or traumatic life events.
- Family history of anxiety disorders.
- Developmental challenges from childhood, like fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
- Using alcohol and other drugs a lot or in harmful ways.
- Other physical health or mental health challenges.
What can I do about anxiety?
The first step for many people is talking to a friend or family member. It’s also important to talk to a health care professional. No matter your age or stage of life, there are safe, trusted, culturally-sensitive resources and support available – to help you, a loved one, or a friend.
- Visit Anxiety Canada for information and supportive resources.
- Learn about COVID-19 and managing anxiety.
- Download the free MindShift™ Cognitive Behavioural Therapy App.
- Call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 for non-emergency health advice and help navigating services.
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Tools, resources, anxiety plans and courses to help anyone living with anxiety.
First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day
Free access to primary and mental health care closer to home for First Nations people who have limited or no access to doctors.
MindShift CBT App
Free app to help you develop helpful ways to cope with anxiety.