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Anxiety disorders 

Some people experience anxiety that is greater than a situation calls for. Their anxiety can be so great that they find it hard to cope with everyday life. In these cases, the person may have an anxiety disorder.  

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders. Examples of anxiety disorders include panic disorder, agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social phobia (also known as social anxiety disorder) and generalized anxiety disorder.

Anxiety Disorders : An Information Guide (PDF only)
This guide is for people with anxiety disorders, their families, partners, friends and anyone else who might be interested. The many aspects of anxiety disorders discussed in this book will answer some common questions, and help readers discuss anxiety disorders with treatment providers.

En français: Les troubles anxieux : Guide d’information (PDF seulement)

  • Anxiety
    This factoid, developed by the Canadian Mental Health Association, provides information on anxiety in general – and on specific anxiety disorders, including obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias and panic disorder.
  • Anxiety Disorders Toolkit: Information and Resources for Effective Self-Management of Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders (PDF only)
    This toolkit, developed by B.C. Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information, will be most helpful for people coping with an anxiety disorder or problems with anxiety. Family, friends, health professionals, students and anyone who wants to learn more about this type of mental health problem will also find this toolkit a useful resource.

    When people are informed and educated about their anxiety disorder(s), they are often more able to keep the symptoms in check and keep the interference due to excessive anxiety to a minimum. Getting educated and empowering oneself by learning and practising helpful coping strategies is referred to as self-management. To be successful at self-management, people with anxiety disorders need to be able to recognize their anxiety symptoms. To make self-management easier, this toolkit includes information about the characteristics of normal anxiety, the different types of anxiety disorders, effective treatment options, and basic self-management strategies that can help reduce symptoms of anxiety.
  • “Anti-Anxiety Medications” in Is It Safe for My Baby?
    This resource is under review and is not currently available online. Please check back soon.
    Although the risk is small, some benzodiazepines (a common type of anti-anxiety medication) have been associated with birth defects if used in the first trimester (the first three months of pregnancy). If benzodiazepines are used regularly close to the delivery date, the baby may be drowsy when it is born or may suffer from withdrawal symptoms, such as restlessness and feeding problems. If these medications are taken by the breastfeeding mother, they may also cause mild drowsiness in the baby. This web page recommends ways to make the fetus and baby safer.
  • AnxietyBC: Self-Help
    This section of the AnxietyBC website explains what anxiety is and offers ways that people can manage their anxiety.
  • AnxietyBC: Parenting
    This section of the same website describes the many forms anxiety can take in children and teens and offers advice to parents on how to help their children manage their anxiety.
  • Mental Health and Addiction 101: Anxiety Disorder 
    This online tutorial provides basic information about anxiety disorders, including the difference between normal anxiety and an anxiety disorder, signs that a person may have an anxiety disorder, and ways that anxiety disorders may be treated.
  • What Older Adults, Their Families and Friends Need to Know about...Anxiety
    This fact sheet lists types of anxiety problems more common in older adults; outlines the signs of anxiety problems in older adults; discusses things people can do to ease an anxiety problem; and suggests places to find more information and get help.
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