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Depression and Anxiety Information Resource and Education Centre -
Box 585 100 West 5th Street Hamilton  ON  L8N 3K7 Canada
Phone: 905-575-6013 Fax: (n/a)

What is it?
Anxiety is a feeling of apprehension or fear that lingers. The source for this uneasiness is not always known or recognized which adds to the distress.

What Happens?

Do you worry all the time? Read the following descriptions and make a mental note if you have answered yes to one or more of them.

  • I never stop worrying about things big and small.

While a certain level of stress is necessary to avoid boredom, high levels of stress over a sustained period can damage your health. The sections below show common symptoms of stress, and the negative effects that excessive stress can cause.

None of these coping strategies are new. They are common sense techniques for reducing stress that we all know, but sometimes it helps to be reminded of them.

Save the ones you'd like to remember. Add your own to the list.

Our response to stress is not only mental. Under stress, our bodies behave as if under attack — whether the threat to our physical or emotional well-being is actual or imagined.


Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by a pattern of frequent, persistent worry and anxiety about several events or activities during at least a 6-month period.

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