What to Look For

Below are some signs that might indicate anxiety is becoming a problem.    

Changes in how you think and feel

  • Find yourself worrying about everyday situations and activities - even though there doesn't seem to be a good reason to be concerned
  • Feel “exhausted” and “drained” from constant tension, worrying or being on edge
  • Have this constant feeling that something bad is going to happen - to you or someone else
  • When with other people, you worry about doing something that will be embarrassing or humiliating
  • Experience intense fear or terror that occurs without any warning and for no cause
  • Keep having unwanted thoughts that cannot be stopped
  • Find it really hard to concentrate on what you’re doing. Thoughts keep running through your head
  • Find you're getting angry easily and even little things irritate you
  • Are experiencing intense flashbacks - reliving bad experiences
  • Feel depressed and hopeless
  • Have a very strong fear of something such as heights, spiders, bridges and it gets in the way of what you want to do

Changes in how you act and behave

  • Get easily tired
  • Having nightmares
  • Having problems sleeping
  • Feel restless
  • Tense much of the time or easily startled
  • Experience blushing in public and it interferes with your ability to interact with others
  • Experience trembling, sweating or dizziness, heart pounding, shortness of breath and light-headedness for no apparent reason
  • Avoid social activities such as parties or school events
  • Have some very rigid routines or rituals that you feel driven to act out again and again

Types of Anxiety problems

Concerned About a Friend?

Often friends notice changes that may signal an emerging mental health challenge. For information on how to support a friend, visit Supporting your friend through tough times.