Anxiety is a normal part of life – we all experience it at some point.
It’s common to become anxious when we have to face a stressful situation like taking a test, going for a job interview or speaking in front of a group. Our bodies react to that anxiety and show some distinct signs: clammy hands, faster heart beat and sometimes dizziness or light-headedness.
For some, anxiety causes these feelings to become more intense and occur more frequently which can be a sign of an anxiety disorder – the most common mental health problem in youth.
One in six Canadians is affected by an anxiety disorder, which includes panic disorders, phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Without treatment, anxiety disorders can pose a great risk to physical, mental and emotional health and can also lead to alcohol or drug abuse, family problems, depression and, in some severe cases, suicide. With treatment and support, people can and do recover from anxiety.