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Mood and Anxiety

Anxiety: What to Look For

Learn about the thoughts, feelings, behaviours, and physical symptoms seen with anxiety. These symptoms are ones that are seen early on.

Find out more below to learn more about the symptoms of anxiety.



  • always worry about everyday events
  • replay upsetting thoughts over and over again
  • find it very hard to concentrate—thoughts keep running through your head
  • have flashbacks of events you found traumatic
  • always imagine something bad is going to happen


  • feel intense fear or terror without warning and for no cause
  • get angry easily; even little things irritate you
  • have a strong and ongoing fear of an object or situation (heights, spiders, small spaces, etc.)

Physical Signs

  • get tired easily
  • have nightmares
  • have problems sleeping
  • feel restless
  • are tense much of the time or startle easily
  • feel dizzy, trembling, heart pounding, short of breath, and light-headed for no reason
  • feel tired and “drained”


  • have very strict routines or repetitive rituals that you feel driven to do (items must be in a certain order, keep checking that the door is locked, etc.)
  • limit your activities to avoid an object or situation that you fear

Symptoms can range:

  • from mild to really bad
  • in how long they’ve been going on
  • in how much they affect your life

Not everyone has the same symptoms or has them at the same level. Knowing what symptoms to watch for and getting help can prevent problems from getting worse.

Worried about a friend?

Friends are often the ones to notice a change. To learn how to support a friend, see Helping Others: For Friends.​

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