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What is anxiety?

It is a feeling or deep sense that things are not right. You may feel uneasy and even uncomfortable. Anxiety is common and natural, but it can be very different from one person to another. We may not be able to make these feelings go away, but we can help you manage better, with or without using medicine.


What are some symptoms of anxiety?

  • Fear or worrying
  • Not being able to relax or get comfortable
  • Sleeplessness
  • Disturbing dreams or nightmares
  • Confusion, not able to concentrate
  • Problems paying attention
  • Rapid breathing or heartbeat
  • Feeling tense, shaking
  • Sweating

What can you do to get relief from anxiety?

  • Do things that have helped relief your anxiety in the past.
  • Write down your thoughts and feelings.
  • Treat physical problems, such as pain, that can cause anxiety.
  • Do relaxing activities like deep breathing or yoga; play soothing music.
  • Keep things calm; take slow deep breaths.
  • Limit visitors.
  • Massage or have someone massage your arms, back, hands or feet.
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks and caffeine (coffee, tea, soft drinks).
  • Exercise: Go for a walk, get fresh air.
  • Reach out to family, friends and other members of your team.
  • Take life one minute at a time.
  • Use ordered medications, as prescribed.

What should you report to the hospice/supportive care team?

  • Feelings that may be causing your anxiety (For example, fear of dying, or worrying about family or money)
  • Concerns about your illness
  • Problems with your relationships with family or friends
  • Spiritual concerns
  • Signs that anxiety is changing or getting worse

What can be done about anxiety?

The team will try to find the cause of your anxiety. We will talk with you and your primary care provider about options that may help.


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