Hi there, I’m Melissa
How did I get here?
I’ve lived in the town all of my life. Although I’m kinda shy, I’ve always had the same group of close friends. I play clarinet in the school band and this year I made second string.
One of the things that most people don’t know about me, is that I worry a lot - whether I might pass a test, whether someone really likes me, or if something bad might happen to me or my family. I’m usually able to push those kinds of thoughts out of my mind, but lately I’ve been bothered by them way too much. Sometimes I get so worried that I can’t relax no matter what.
Sometimes, I feel a lump in my throat, and I get startled by the smallest noises around me. I get anxious sometimes and I can’t concentrate on my school work. My friend says that I shouldn’t worry so much, but that doesn’t seem to help.
What’s wrong with me?
Anxiety refers to the uncomfortable feelings of worry and nervousness that we feel from time to time.
Anxiety is a common reaction to new situations. It's the tightness in your stomach before a first date or the tension before a job interview. Most of the time, the anxiety is manageable and disappears once the situation is over. But anxiety can also be intense or persistent and interferes in our daily life.
If you suspect that anxiety is becoming a problem for you, take a few minutes to check out what's going on for you.
Anxiety is a pattern of symptoms - thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical symptoms that persist and can increase in severity. Learn about the early signs of anxiety. what to look for
Fortunately, there are strategies that can be learned to help keep anxiety at bay. If anxiety is starting to get in the way of what you want to do, then you may want to explore resources listed in this section.