Everyone feels anxious at times. Workplace pressures, public
speaking, demanding schedules or exam writing can lead to worry,
even fear. These feelings, however, differ from those associated
with an anxiety disorder. People suffering from an anxiety
disorder have intense, prolonged feelings of fright and distress
for no obvious reason, and these feelings can interfere with all
Anxiety disorders are the most common of all mental health
problems, affecting approximately one in 10 people. More
women than men are affected. Children are also affected. Anxiety
disorders are illnesses, believe to be caused by a combination of
biological factors and an individual’s personal circumstances.
Commonly, people suffer from more than one anxiety disorder along
with another condition, such as depression, eating disorders or
substance abuse. Anxiety disorders may be treated by drug therapy
and/or cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).
Excerpts from CMHA National web site – Anxiety Disorders