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Anxiety

There are five main types of anxiety disorders. These include: GAD (Generalized anxiety disorder), OCD (Obsessive-compulsive disorder), Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder)

Types of Anxiety

Signs of Anxiety

  • Making rules or special goals to be the best in everything. Individuals might feel anxious if the result does not come out right or feel judged by others​

  • Anxiety can lead to self-criticism. Individuals mostly focus on things they are weak in or afraid of. This might continue and end up in a cycle with endless negative thoughts and emotions. It lowers the confidence, where thinking they'll never be good enough for anything​

  • Situations such as going to a big party or having to do a presentation in class can cause self-consciousness. Individuals start to notice the way they behave and worries about it. ​

  • Feeling anxious, individuals who have a strong need to distract themselves by doing something else. Individuals could have nothing to do but still unable to take a break after or be at ease. ​

  • Overthinking situations and change up thoughts to making them seem worse compared to the reality. Individuals always find the negative side of everyday life and catastrophize them, and this can be a sign of experiencing anxiety​

  • Being mad or upset on the small events or when things did not go as expected. This can be the result of pent-up anxiety. Having negative emotions and struggling to deal with them can result in bad temper, emotional mood swing, and unable to control emotions​

  • Having difficulty to make a decision can also be hidden anxiety. Individuals believe that the choice they make would be wrong and lead to bad results. They overthink the outcome and it takes a much longer time to end up making a choice

  • Unexplainable physical symptoms

  • Anxiety can make the brain believe individuals are currently threatened to create too much self-aware. It can include muscle tension, stomach problems, sweating, shaking and more

Tips Pt. 1

  • Giving hugs to loved ones (family, siblings, friends, pets, etc.) or even your favourite plushies

  • The feeling of comfort or being safe can reduce anxiety. Therefore, do something that you enjoy that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. Maybe try watching your favourite movie or reading a book  :)

  • Practice good posture

  • Reduce fatigue (get more sleep!)

    • This will help increase/improve your mindset to be more positive

    • Getting enough sleep every night is vital as it can help with focus during the day, as you will not be as tired 

(DCD), Digital Communications Division. “What Are the Five Major Types of Anxiety Disorders?” HHS.gov, 20 Oct. 2021, https://www.hhs.gov/answers/mental-health-and-substance-abuse/what-are-the-five-major-types-of-anxiety-disorders/index.html.


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