You have been referred by your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner to be part of the anxiety treatment pathway shown below:
Your Doctor or NP refers you to NewPath for further evaluation.
(a medication trial may be considered)
You will be contacted by NewPath to book your appointments for group or individual sessions.
You will access services at NewPath.
A follow-up with your Doctor or NP will be scheduled after six sessions to assess progress.
(alternative options may be considered)
Treatment continues with NewPath and your Doctor or NP until you are ready to self manage.
You will be discharged from NewPath and will continue to work with your Doctor or NP.
You will use everything you have learned to self-manage their anxiety.
What is anxiety?
Life is stressful. It is normal to have fears and worries. Being worried about things can help us prepare for potential dangers; for example, being worried about failing a test helps us study for a test. When worries are so severe that it effects one’s ability to learn, make friends or have fun, it may be an anxiety disorder.
People with anxiety usually have:
- Worries and fears (depending on the type of anxiety they have)
- Physical symptoms (e.g. headaches, stomach-aches)
- Problems functioning due to their severe anxiety
What causes anxiety?
There are many things which can contribute to developing anxiety:
- Genetics: Some are simply wired to be more sensitive; especially if parents have anxiety, their children are at a higher risk. The good news is that this means parents hopefully will have more sympathy and understanding on how to support you.
- Stresses in life: Everyone has a ‘stress bucket’ that fills up with stresses in their life. When you have to face too many stresses (e.g. parental separation; bullying; school stress; peer stress; trauma, etc.), or lack the support of parents and family, this can add to anxiety.
How is anxiety treated?
Anxiety can be treated with counselling, medication, or both. If you are worried that you may have anxiety, the first step is to go to the doctor.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is often used to treat anxiety. In CBT, clients learn to identify, question and change the thoughts, attitudes and beliefs related to the emotional and behavioural reactions that cause them difficulty.
If one does not respond to talking therapies, such as CBT, then medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can be helpful. Anti-anxieties work by balancing the normal chemicals in the brain. They are not addictive or habit-forming. Anti-anxieties have not been shown to increase the risk of suicide. However, a few children and young adults will think about suicide more often than others and may hurt themselves. It is always important to be on the lookout for any suicidal thoughts or behaviours. If you are suicidal go to the emergency room immediately for assessment. Click here for further information about medication.
Healthy living makes a difference – Be Well!
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10 Hours Of Sleep
Aim for 10 hours of restful sleep. When we don’t get enough sleep it affects our bodies, minds, emotions and behaviours. Such as: hyperactivity, easily hurt feelings, difficulty focusing and potentially long-term health effects.
2 Hours Or Less of Tv/Screen Time
When we are plugged in too much for our down time we aren’t making time for all the other great things around us like; playing, biking, walking, gardening. Families can: Take a break. Turn it off. Unplug & Play. Throughout the day.
1 Hour of Physical Activity/Play
Every step and movement we take or make throughout our day helps to make our mental and physical health better. Aim for 60 minutes of active play everyday. You can do it all at once or adds smaller amounts of time throughout the day.
0 Sugar Sweetened Beverages
Choose water first for thirst. Water contains no sugar, is free and is an environmentally sound choice when we use a refillable bottle. We win and the earth wins! Look for water refill stations, water fountains, the Blue W and taps because when we don’t drink enough water we can feel tired, muscle weakness and irritability.