Research shows that one in every four adults in Canada will experience an anxiety disorder at some stage. For both men and women, anxiety disorders are a common mental health concern that provokes a level if extreme fear and worry and interferes with a normal lifestyle.
A broad term that encompasses six psychiatric disorders, anxiety disorders include:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD):
Excessive uncontrollable worry about everyday issues, including school, work, money, friends, and health.
Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD):
Avoidance of everyday social situations due to extreme anxiety about being judged by others or behaving in a way that might cause embarrassment or ridicule.
Severe attacks of terror, which may feel like you’re having a heart attack or going crazy, for no apparent reason.
Intense fear reaction that leads to avoiding an object, place, or situation such as riding in elevators or driving on bridges; those with specific phobias typically recognize that the fear is irrational and inappropriate for the circumstance.