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Everyone feels anxiety from time to time.  At low levels, it can be helpful as a motivator to get things done, increasing the ability to focus or to be more alert or to avoid dangerous situations.   However, when anxiety becomes intense or prolonged or stops us from doing the things that we would normally do, it is important to seek help.   It is possible that an individual may have an anxiety disorder if anxiety symptoms have:

  • been excessive and difficult to control for an extended period of time
  • led to significant emotional distress and personal suffering
  • led to significant interference in work, school, home or social activities

What is an Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety Disorders are the most common type of mental health problem and are more common in women than in men.  They affect people from all walks of life.

The following pages provide information on Anxiety Disorders most usually seen in women who are pregnant or following the birth of their baby

  • Panic Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)