Anxiety Disorders

Understanding Anxiety Disorders

A small amount of anxiety can be a useful reaction. It can help us improve our performance, or avoid dangerous situations. However, if anxiety reaches an overwhelming level, or remains high for an extended time, it can interfere with an individual’s day-to-day life.

There are many forms of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder (recurring panic attacks), phobia disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and social anxiety. Anxiety disorders affect 10% of Canadians, causing mild to severe impairment.

Learn more about specific anxiety disorders on the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health website:

Contributing Sources: Canadian Mental Health Association, Mental Health First Aid Canada

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing problems with anxiety, get help:

If the situation is NOT immediately critical, you have options:

As applicable, contact the person’s psychiatrist, family doctor (who can prescribe medications and make referrals) or your company’s Employee and Family Assistance Program.

Contact the free Ontario Mental Health Helpline for information and referrals to counselling services and supports in your community:


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