Dealing With Anxiety After a Loss
Worry and anxiety can develop after a major loss. Anxiety is a general feeling of tenseness or uneasiness. You may feel generally anxious (called free-floating anxiety). Anxiety can cause physical symptoms, such as an upset stomach or a headache. Anxiety can also cause you to act in ways that are unusual for you, such as being more demanding, less patient, or more irritable.
Worries and anxiety can sometimes seem to take over your life, making you feel like everything is falling apart at the same time. You may need to slow down and take things one at a time. If you are feeling overwhelmed, ask for help from someone you trust.
You can manage your worry and anxiety by:
If intense worries and high anxiety last longer than a few days, talk with your health professional or a mental health professional. Counseling, medication, or a combination of the two may help you manage anxiety that makes it difficult for you to function.
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