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Anxiety can be a normal part of life when faced with stressors such as changes in relationships, presenting in front of a crowd, or making decisions. When anxiety is persistent and interferes with daily functioning, it can be a symptom of a mental health diagnosis. 

Some of the signs of anxiety include the following:

  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Muscle tension
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Sudden periods of intense fear
  • Pounding heart
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Shortness of breath
  • Choking
  • Feeling of impending doom
  • Panic Attacks

(https://www.nimh.nih.gov)

How to Cope with Anxiety

There is no one right answer to eliminate anxiety. It is important to find healthy coping skills that will work for you. Consult with your primary care physician or psychiatrist when anxiety becomes persistent or unmanageable. Some coping skills to consider when struggling with anxiety include: 

  • Reaching out to support system (i.e. family/friends, counselors, psychiatrists, or support groups)
  • Deep breathing
  • Recounting your surroundings using five senses (grounding)
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Avoiding caffeinated beverages
  • Healthy diet
  • Journaling
  • Creative arts
  • Calming music

(http://www.webmd.com

Anxiety is a common symptom of Depression and Bipolar Disorders. It is often discussed in our support groups. If you're interested in attending a support group to talk to other people with similar experiences, please

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