Anxiety is a normal reaction that people experience as a result of stress or fear, which is commonly experienced before public speaking, writing exams or other similar situations. In such situations, it is quite normal to experience an increased heart rate, sweaty palms, and a racing mind. Normal anxiety becomes a disorder however, when symptoms interfere with the quality and function of daily living. An anxiety disorder can interfere with one’s functioning socially, at school, and at home, as well as adversely affecting relationships with friends and family. It is also not uncommon for an anxiety disorder to co-exist with another disorder, such as substance abuse or depression.
Anxiety disorders affect almost 12% of all Canadians annually. Although there are many different types of anxiety disorders, they are all very treatable!
Types of Anxiety Disorders • Agoraphobia
There are six main anxiety disorders in adults and seven in youth and children as noted below. Read more about each type of anxiety disorder from the list provided within this section and/or from the main menu of our home page.
• Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
• Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD)
• Panic Disorder
• Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Separation Anxiety Disorder (in children and youth)
• Social Anxiety Disorder (or Social Phobia)
• Specific Phobias
Types of Anxiety Disorders