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We all worry. It's an expected part of life. But when you have generalized anxiety disorder, you worry about lots of things. You have a hard time not worrying. This worry or anxiety interferes with your relationships, work or school, and other areas of your life.
You may worry most days about things like money, health, work, or friends. That may make you feel tired, tense, or cranky. It can make it hard to think. It may get in the way of healthy sleep.
Counselling and medicine can both work to treat anxiety. They are often used together with lifestyle changes, such as getting enough sleep.
Counselling involves meeting with a therapist like a social worker, psychologist, mental health therapist, or occupational therapist to work together to set and meet your goals. Some counselling can involve a team of therapists. An important part of counselling is the relationship between you and your therapist. Look for a therapist who is warm, who understands you, and who you trust. You may want to find support from someone who understands your cultural background. There are different approaches that your therapist may use, including:
Ask your therapist to explain the approach they use. You also might have counselling along with those closest to you so that they can help.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
If you or someone you know talks about suicide, self-harm, or feeling hopeless, get help right away. Call your provincial suicide hotline or Crisis Services Canada: 1-833-456-4566, or go to www.crisisservicescanada.ca for more information.
Call your doctor, counsellor, or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
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Adaptation Date: 8/18/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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