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Understanding Anxiety Disorders


What is Anxiety?

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Anxiety is often known as an awful experience which is accompanied by mental feelings of discomfort, nervousness, and fearfulness.

One can also experience physical symptoms which can include sweating, stiffness in the chest, or trouble breathing. Although many people can experience symptoms of anxiety, it can become harmful if it lasts for a long period of time or occurs frequently without warrant or cause.

Anxiety Disorders are known as the most widespread type of mental illness. These disorders can stop you from performing regular activities in your daily life. Some types of Anxiety Disorders include:

  1. Panic Disorder

  2. Social Anxiety Disorder

  3. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  4. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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Fast Facts

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health states that “…one in five Canadians experience a mental health or addition problem.”


 Statistics Canada said “…about 2.8 million Canadians aged 15 or older had symptoms of one or more mental health…issues.”


Sigmund Freud theorized anxiety as symptoms of internal sensitive issues that are a result of an individual bottling up their feelings because they are too traumatizing to deal with.


According to a study, “20 percent of patients visiting a primary care clinic were diagnosed with at least one anxiety disorder—but 41 percent of them were receiving no treatment.”