Anxiety is a periodic feeling of worry, nervousness or unease and is a normal reaction to some experiences. An anxiety disorder, however, is diagnosed when people experience various symptoms of anxiety that create significant distress and some degree of functional impairment in their daily lives, including how they think, feel and act.
Anxiety disorders can affect anyone at any age, and they are the most common mental health problem. Sometimes, anxiety disorders are triggered by a specific event or stressful life experience, but for some there just doesn’t seem to be a specific reason.
Child and Youth Anxiety Resources: Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health problems for children and youth. In 2009, 4% of youth (12 to 19 years) and 5.8% of young adults (20 to 29 years) in Canada were diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. These rates were higher among young women and in Aboriginal populations.
Adult Anxiety Resources: An estimated 3 million Canadians (6%) aged 18 years or older reported that they had a mood and/or anxiety disorder.
Kids Help Phone – 1 800 668 6868 (Phone), Live Chat (online chat counselling) – visit https://kidshelpphone.ca/
Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention: Find a 24-hour crisis centre