By Valery Caroline
CAMH One Brave Night update: Hour 5, still awake, feeling kind of restless but it’s going well.
Here’s a fact for ya about anxiety.
This picture was taken when I was having an anxiety attack after getting off the mats at a tournament. It sucks. Anxiety attacks can look different for everyone who deals with them but, yeah, they suck. 11.6% of Canadians are diagnosed with anxiety or mood disorders and many people manage with medications, therapy or both.
Staying active and having a generally healthy lifestyle can also be a big part of managing anxiety.
Dealing with a panic attack in the moment can be different for everyone but asking someone what would help is a good start if they’re able to talk to you.
Temperature changes can also help counter the physiological symptoms of a panic attack so an ice pack, for example, could be a big help.
If you struggle with anxiety, feel free to comment with what works for you!
Check this links out:
the Durham Distress Centre, we have a 24/7 helpline and the site is http://www.distresscentredurham.com/
Then there’s the GTA distress helpline https://www.torontodistresscentre.com/
and CAMH and CMHA have offices that can help also. camh.ca and cmha.ca