What is Anxiety?

Everyone experiences symptoms of anxiety, but they are generally occasional and short-lived, and do not cause problems. But when the cognitive, physical and behavioural symptoms of anxiety are persistent and severe, and anxiety causes distress in a person’s life to the point that it negatively affects his or her ability to work or study, socialize and manage daily tasks, it may be beyond the normal range.

People with anxiety disorders may feel anxious most of the time or for brief intense episodes, which may occur for no apparent reason. They may have anxious feelings that are so uncomfortable that they avoid daily routines and activities that might cause these feelings. Some people have occasional anxiety attacks so intense that they are terrified or immobilized.

Causes?

Like most mental health problems, anxiety disorders appear to be caused by a combination of biological factors, psychological factors and challenging life experiences, including:

Stressful or traumatic life event

Family history of anxiety disorders

Childhood development issues

Alcohol, medications or illicit substance

Other medical or psychiatric problems

Treatment?

Relaxation training, meditation, yoga, biofeedback and stress management can help with anxiety disorders along with supportive counseling and professional therapy, in combination with cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and prescribed medication.

Mental Health Commission of Canada:

http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/site-search/anxiety?retain-filters=1&type_filters=

CAMH:

https://www.porticonetwork.ca/treatments/disorders-qr/anxiety-disorders

http://www.camh.ca/en/hospital/care_program_and_services/mood_and_anxiety_programs/Pages/mood_and_anxiety_programs.aspx

Disclaimer: The above listed criteria is not meant to be “all encompassing” nor used as a “check-list” for a member or family member to make a “self-diagnosis” regarding their mental wellness. If  feel that you are suffering please see a medical professional for a proper diagnosis to begin the process of submitting a claim to the workplace insurance board within your Province or Territory. Early diagnosis and  can lead to effective results for many members so that they do not have to suffer in silence.

Adapted from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: An Information Guide © 2009 Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Adapted from Mental Health Commission of Canada

Adapted from Moods Disorder Society of Canada

Adapted from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs