There are many types of anxiety problems:
- a strong fear of a certain object or situation, such as being terrified of heights or being in a social situation
- a fear of embarrassing yourself in public or worrying that someone will judge you negatively
- general ongoing worry and a constant feeling of uneasiness and having trouble relaxing
- ongoing thoughts and feelings associated with a traumatic event
- replaying thoughts over and over again
- doing repetitive behaviours (e.g., counting or washing hands many times) that seem to help stop the anxiety
- sudden feelings of terror that may include a fast heartbeat, shortness of breath, dizziness, fear of having a heart attack or stroke, or feel that you’re going "crazy"
If not managed, anxiety can get worse, become overwhelming, cause a lot of distress, and affect your life.
Learning how to manage anxiety early can help prevent it from getting in the way of things you want to do. If you think you have issues with anxiety, don't wait to get help.