Anxiety and Avoidance

May 18th, 2016

Everyone experiences being anxious at some point in their life time, whether it is about the first day on the job or speaking in public. Feeling temporary anxiety before a stressful event is normal. In fact, this anxiety can play a positive role (e.g., motivating us to study for a big test).

Not all anxiety is temporary or motivating. Some people (at certain times in their lives) experience intense and constant worry about everyday life events. This worry is difficult to control and interferes with getting things done. Anxiety in this form may cause sleep problems, fear, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and nausea.

Sometimes the anxiety becomes so severe that people begin to avoid places and situations to prevent the symptoms from returning. Because of this, anxiety has often been associated with social isolation and can lead to depression and poorer quality of life. If you feel your worry is beginning to interfere with your work, relationships, or quality of life, ask for help!

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One in five Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime.


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