Anxiety disorders can happen at any age and sometimes happen with other mental health, substance use, and medical challenges. Some people experience panic attacks, feel anxious all the time, or avoid daily activities because of intense feelings of fear.
Why do I have anxiety?
Feelings of anxiety can come from many areas in your life, for example:
Difficult, stressful or traumatic life events.
Family history of anxiety disorders.
Developmental challenges from childhood, like fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
Using alcohol and other drugs a lot or in harmful ways.
Other physical health or mental health challenges.
What can I do about anxiety?
The first step for many people is talking to a friend or family member. It’s also important to talk to a health care professional. No matter your age or stage of life, there are safe, trusted, culturally-sensitive resources and support available – to help you, a loved one, or a friend.
Tools, resources, anxiety plans and courses to help anyone living with anxiety.
Free online, self-help, and evidence-based resources on anxiety. Anxiety Canada develops programs that raise awareness about anxiety, and support access to proven treatment.
Offers online courses like My Anxiety Plans (MAPs) which are anxiety management programs based on cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), an evidence-based psychological treatment. Available for children, youth and adults.
Free app to help you develop helpful ways to cope with anxiety.
Helps Canadians manage anxiety using scientifically proven strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), by Anxiety Canada. This app helps you learn to be mindful, develop effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety. Get the tools to tackle: worry, panic, perfectionism, social anxiety, phobias.