The main purpose of this platform is to let people know they're not alone. Whether you want to YAC AT US about it or use solutions and resources from here or other platforms we support you 100%. We do want to get you started though and share some of the tools we use as well as other resources available.
Listen, there's nothing we can say or do that's going to make dealing with anxiety especially in the form of Generalized Anxiety Disorder any easier. It's going to take a lot of practice and it's going to take a lot of commitment. Unfortunately, it's not something you can fix overnight or with the flip of a switch. While anti-anxiety medications may numb your symptoms in the meantime, and this can be very beneficial, these medications are highly addictive and not a long term solution. Meaning we have to find different ways to truly cope and work through our own individual anxieties.
When it comes to Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), it is an excessive and continuous worry and negative thought pattern that keeps people from living their lives. What's surprisingly great about this, is that there are ways we can retrain our brains! From different forms of talk-therapy to different exercises we can do with our mind. We can equip ourselves with the tools to help maintain a healthy lifestyle free from constant triggers. That is if we put in the work. As it can be extremely overwhelming to even think about getting help or putting more on our plates, it's important to have support in place. Finding your support whether it's a group. family members, friends, community groups, you name it! It's important to be open and honest with these people around you so they can help support your treatment and recognize signs and symptoms that may otherwise be misunderstood.
The most important thing to remember when you're working through or coping with a mental illness is to be patient. Be patient with yourself and your journey, be patient with others and the people supporting you. Like I said above, these coping techniques and new ways of thinking won't just come overnight. They take practice to form new, good habits. Take the time with yourself to do just that whether it pertains to your therapy, medication, or self-discovery. You've got this!
Never be afraid to reach out to us using our YAC AT US platform, we're always here to lend an ear and work together to find resources that best suit you!
We've read through a few articles we think are helpful in finding ways to cope with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD):
AnxietyBC Visit www.anxietybc.com or call 604- 525-7566 for self-help information and community resources.
BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information Visit www.heretohelp.bc.ca for info sheets and personal stories.
Your Local Crisis Line Crisis lines aren’t only for people in crisis. You can call for information on local services or if you just need someone to talk to. If you are in distress, call 310-6789 (do not add 604, 778 or 250 before the number) 24 hours a day to connect to a BC crisis line, without a wait or busy signal. The crisis lines linked in through 310-6789 have received advanced training in mental health issues and services by members of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information.
HealthLink BC Call 811 or visit www.healthlinkbc.ca to access free, non-emergency health information for anyone in your family, including mental health information. Through 811, you can also speak to a registered nurse about symptoms you’re worried about or a pharmacist about medication questions.