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If you find yourself in need of immediate help, call Emergency Services – 911.

These are examples of situations that you should seek immediate help:

  • Thinking about ending your life or trying to end your life.
  • Feeling scared because you’re experiencing sensations that aren’t real and/or beliefs that can’t possibly be true.
  • Becoming unable to care for yourself, and it’s putting you at risk of serious harm.
  • Experiencing an alcohol or any other drug overdose.
  • Taking a dangerous combination of substances (like medications and alcohol).

You can also

  • call the crisis line at 1-800-784-2433
  • chat online with Kids Help Phone
  • SMS/Text Kids Help Phone by texting CONNECT to 686868, if you would like to stop the conversation text STOP

For other phone, chat or text support options, visit our Get Support section.

What to Look For: Anxiety

Learn about the thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical symptoms connected to anxiety.

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The symptoms here are ones that show up early on. Other symptoms may develop later. Everyone experiences anxiety differently and not everyone will have all the symptoms.

Thoughts add

  • You spend a lot of time worrying about everyday things.
  • You often think something bad is going to happen.
  • Negative thoughts keep coming back over and over again.
  • Many thoughts keep running through your head (can’t shut your mind off).
  • Thoughts keep you from concentrating, relaxing or enjoying everyday life.
  • Flashbacks to things you went through in the past that cause a lot of distress. This might be one negative memory or many memories that still bother you.

Feelings add

  • A general sense of uneasiness.
  • Extreme fear for no clear reason.
  • Easily irritated or angered.
  • Intense ongoing fear of an object or situation (for example heights, spiders, small spaces).

Behaviours add

  • Always looking for signs that something bad might happen.
  • Stop doing activities (for example don’t go to class, give up favourite sports, spend less time with friends).
  • Jumpy, easily startled (for example by noises).
  • Decide not to do certain things so you can avoid an object or situation you’re afraid of.

Physical Signs add

  • Sleep problems – difficulty going to sleep, waking up often or can’t get back to sleep.
  • Feeling restless or tense a lot.
  • Dizziness.
  • Shaking, trembling.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Pounding heart.
  • Nausea (upset stomach).
  • Headaches.
  • Feeling exhausted or drained.

Remember, symptoms are changes from your usual routines or habits. Not everyone experiences the same set of symptoms or to the same level. Most people experience these symptoms from time to time but they become a problem when they keep coming back or don’t go away. They can also indicate there is a physical health problem.

There are many different ways anxiety is experienced. One of the most common is social anxiety. If you feel nervous, embarrassed or worried others may judge you in social situations check out the Social Anxiety section.

Concerned about someone else?

It can be hard to understand why a friend worries so much, even over stuff that doesn’t seem to matter. One person’s worry may seem silly to another, but each person’s worry or anxiety is real to them. It doesn’t help to tell them to not worry so much. For information on how to help a friend, visit Supporting a Friend.

Families are often the first to notice changes and become concerned. For information on how to support a young person, visit Supporting a Family Member.

What Next?

If you want to find out if this is something you are experiencing or are looking for tips to help manage anxiety here are a few options.