Anxiety

Anxiety can come in different forms, ranging greatly from person to person. The term describes the uncomfortable emotional and physical symptoms that are felt when a person anticipates a negative or threatening situation, regardless of how likely it is that the situation will happen. Different types of anxiety can range from general anxiety disorder, where a person worries about many different types of daily situations, to social anxieties about how other people perceive them, to full-blown anxiety attacks, which are intense and overwhelming feelings of worry combined with many physical symptoms. A person’s response to anxiety can range from mild worrisome thoughts to debilitating emotional and physical reactions, and their response is not always in-line with the likelihood of the situation actually happening. There are various resources available to help identify, manage, and relieve anxiety. Have you noticed that your own worried anticipation of everyday situations is becoming more and more common? Are you concerned for a friend or loved one who may be experiencing a form of anxiety? Would you like help identifying resources in your community to diagnose and treat an anxiety-related condition? We know dealing with anxiety is not easy. We have the resources you are looking for.

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Loving Someone with Anxiety

Understanding and Helping Your Partner

Dealing with an anxiety disorder is hard, but loving someone with an anxiety disorder can be equally as difficult. If your partner suffers from extreme anxiety, they may have panic attacks, constantly be voicing their worried thoughts, or may not be able to participate in social events because of a fear of social settings. No matter how compassionate you are, you may sometimes feel frustrated, unable to help, and even find your own life restricted—all of which can lead to conflict, resentment, miscommunication, and ultimately, an end to the relationship altogether. Loving Someone with Anxiety is one of the few books written specifically for the partners of people with anxiety disorders. The book is designed not only to aid you in helping your partner cope with anxiety and worry, but also to help you take care of your own needs. Inside, you’ll learn the importance of setting healthy boundaries, limiting codependent behaviors, and why taking over roles that make your partner anxious—such as answering the phone, driving, or doing the grocery shopping because your partner feels too anxious to be in public—can be extremely damaging for the both of you. Codependency in relationships with an anxious partner can lead to resentment, anger, and a sense of helplessness on your side. This book will help you and your partner overcome these negative behaviors, build better communication and a stronger personal connection. Written by a licensed professional counselor who specializes in helping the partners of those with mental illnesses, this book is the resource that you have been looking for to help you understand your anxious partner and keep anxiety from sabotaging your relationship.

My Age of Anxiety

Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind

The author recounts his lifelong battle with anxiety, showing the many manifestations of the disorder as well as the countless treatments that have been developed to counteract it, and provides a history of the efforts to understand this common form of mental illness.

Hi, Anxiety

Life With a Bad Case of Nerves

Joining the ranks of such acclaimed accounts as Manic, Brain on Fire, and Monkey Mind, a deeply personal, funny, and sometimes painful look at anxiety and its impact from writer and commentator Kat Kinsman. Feeling anxious? Can’t sleep because your brain won’t stop recycling thoughts? Unable to make a decision because you're too afraid you’ll make the wrong one? You’re not alone. In Hi, Anxiety, beloved food writer, editor, and commentator Kat Kinsman expands on the high profile pieces she wrote for CNN.com about depression, and its wicked cousin, anxiety. Taking us back to her adolescence, when she was diagnosed with depression at fourteen, Kat speaks eloquently with pathos and humor about her skin picking, hand flapping, “nervousness” that made her the recipient of many a harsh taunt. With her mother also gripped by depression and health issues throughout her life, Kat came to live in a constant state of unease—that she would fail, that she would never find love . . . that she would end up just like her mother. Now, as a successful media personality, Kat still battles anxiety every day. That anxiety manifests in strange, and deeply personal ways. But as she found when she started to write about her struggles, Kat is not alone in feeling like the simple act of leaving the house, or getting a haircut can be crippling. And though periodic medication, counseling, a successful career and a happy marriage have brought her relief, the illness, because that is what anxiety is, remains. Exploring how millions are affected anxiety, Hi, Anxiety is a clarion call for everyone—but especially women—struggling with this condition. Though she is a strong advocate for seeking medical intervention, Kinsman implores those suffering to come out of the shadows—to talk about their battle openly and honestly. With humor, bravery, and writing that brings bestsellers like Laurie Notaro and Jenny Lawson to mind, Hi, Anxiety tackles a difficult subject with amazing grace.

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook

Now in its sixth edition and recommended by therapists worldwide, The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook has been the unparalleled, essential resource for people struggling with anxiety and phobias for almost thirty years. Living with anxiety, panic disorders, or phobias can make you feel like you aren’t in control of your life. If you’re ready to tackle the fears that hold you back, this book is your go-to guide. Packed with the most effective skills for assessing and treating anxiety, this evidence-based workbook contains the latest clinical research. You’ll develop a full arsenal of skills for quieting fears and taking charge of your anxious thoughts, including: Relaxation and breathing techniques Ending negative self-talk and mistaken beliefs Imagery and real-life desensitization Lifestyle, nutrition, and exercise changes Written by a leading expert in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and a classic in its field, this fully revised edition offers powerful, step-by-step treatment strategies for panic disorders, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), worry, and fear. You will also find updated information compatible with the DSM-V, as well as current information on medications and treatment, nutrition, mindfulness training, exposure therapy, and the latest research in neurobiology. Whether you suffer from anxiety and phobias yourself, or are a professional working with this population, this book will provide the latest treatment solutions for overcoming the fears that stand in the way of living a full, happy life. This workbook can be used on its own or as a supplement to therapy.

Anxiety

A Short History

More people today report feeling anxious than ever before—even while living in relatively safe and prosperous modern societies. Almost one in five people experiences an anxiety disorder each year, and more than a quarter of the population admits to an anxiety condition at some point in their lives. Here Allan V. Horwitz, a sociologist of mental illness and mental health, narrates how this condition has been experienced, understood, and treated through the ages—from Hippocrates, through Freud, to today. Anxiety is rooted in an ancient part of the brain, and our ability to be anxious is inherited from species far more ancient than humans. Anxiety is often adaptive: it enables us to respond to threats. But when normal fear yields to what psychiatry categorizes as anxiety disorders, it becomes maladaptive. As Horwitz explores the history and multiple identities of anxiety—melancholia, nerves, neuroses, phobias, and so on—it becomes clear that every age has had its own anxieties and that culture plays a role in shaping how anxiety is expressed. -- Peter Conrad, Brandeis University

Yoga for Anxiety

Meditations and Practices for Calming the Body and Mind

Many of us face daily demands and overwhelming difficulties that cause seemingly uncontrollable feelings of anxiety and fear. When you feel this way, it's healing to calm yourself and to reclaim your sense of innate goodness and well-being. For centuries, yoga has offered a quiet retreat away from life's pressures and has enabled us to reconnect to our inner wisdom and peace. Regular yoga practice has been proven to calm stress, enhance concentration, and reduce the symptoms of anxiety. This book offers meditations, mindfulness practices, self-inquiry exercises, and yoga poses that soothe anxious feelings and develop mental clarity. Before long, you'll free yourself from the anxiety and fears that hold you back and learn to live with a more open heart and resilient mind. Just as yoga helps you feel more at home in your body, the mental and physical practices in Yoga for Anxiety help you increase your sense of contentment in life.

Exercise for Mood and Anxiety

Proven Strategies for Overcoming Depression and Enhancing Well-Being

Exercise has long been touted anecdotally as an effective tool for mood improvement, but only recently has rigorous science caught up with these claims. There is now overwhelming evidence that regular exercise can help relieve low mood-from feelings of stress and anxiety to full depressive episodes. With Exercise for Mood and Anxiety, Michael Otto and Jasper Smits, well-known authorities on cognitive behavioral therapy, take their empirically-based mood regulation strategy from the clinic to the general public. Written for those with diagnosed mood disorders as well as those who simply need a new strategy for managing the low mood and stress that is an everyday part of life, this book provides readers with step-by-step guidance on how to start and maintain an exercise program geared towards improving mood, with a particular emphasis on understanding the relationship between mood and motivation. Readers learn to attend carefully to mood states prior to and following physical activity in order to leverage the full benefits of exercise, and that the trick to maintaining an exercise program is not in applying more effort, but in arranging one's environment so that less effort is needed. As a result readers not only acquire effective strategies for adopting a successful program, but are introduced to a broader philosophy for enhancing overall well-being. Providing patient vignettes, rich examples, and extensive step-by-step guidance on overcoming the obstacles that prevent adoption of regular exercise for mood, Exercise for Mood and Anxiety is a unique translation of scientific principles of clinical and social psychology into an action-based strategy for mood change.

On Edge

A Journey Through Anxiety

An account of living with anxiety, coupled with reportage on the science of anxiety disorders.

Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief

A Revolutionary Approach to Understanding and Healing the Impact of Loss

A groundbreaking book exploring the little-known yet critical connections between anxiety and grief, with practical strategies for healing, following the renowned Kübler-Ross stages model Anxiety disorders are on the rise; many people are looking for resources to help them cope with anxiety, yet most people aren't aware that unresolved grief is a primary underpinning--or that the two are related at all. In her therapy practice and in her own life, Claire Bidwell Smith discovered the connections between anxiety and grief. Now, backed by research, case studies, and interviews, Bidwell Smith breaks down the physiology of anxiety, giving readers a concrete foundation of understanding in order to help them heal the anxiety caused by loss. Taking a big step beyond Elisabeth Kübler-Ross' widely accepted five stages, Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief explains the intimate connection between death and grief and how they specifically cause anxiety--unpacking everything from our age-old fears about mortality to the bare vulnerability a loss can make us feel. With concrete tools and coping strategies for panic attacks, getting a handle on anxious thoughts, and more, Bidwell Smith bridges these two emotions in a way that is deeply empathetic and eminently practical.

Thin Slices of Anxiety

Observations and Advice to Ease a Worried Mind

Not to worry, a book on anxiety is finally here! A clever antidote to everyday angst, this illustrated book captures universal truths and comforting revelations about being human. Artist Catherine Lepage uses her wry humor to help us see that "thinly sliced and illustrated, emotions are much easier to digest."

The Anti-Anxiety Diet

A Whole Body Program to Stop Racing Thoughts, Banish Worry and Live Panic-Free

Eat Meals that Calm Your Thoughts and Stop Anxiety for Good! Your diet plays a dynamic role on mood, emotions and brain-signaling pathways. Since brain chemistry is complicated, The Anti-Anxiety Diet breaks down exactly what you need to know and how to achieve positive results. Integrative dietitian and food-as-medicine guru Ali Miller applies science-based functional medicine to create a system that addresses anxiety while applying a ketogenic low-carb approach. By adopting The Anti-Anxiety Diet, you will reduce inflammation, repair gut integrity and provide your body with necessary nutrients in abundance. This plan balances your hormones and stress chemicals to help you feel even-keeled and relaxed. The book provides quizzes as well as advanced lab and supplement recommendations to help you discover and address the root causes of your body’s imbalances. The Anti-Anxiety Diet’s healthy approach supports your brain signaling while satiating cravings. And it features 50 delicious recipes, including: • Sweet Potato Avocado Toast • Zesty Creamy Carrot Soup • Chai Panna Cotta • Matcha Green Smoothie • Carnitas Burrito Bowl • Curry Roasted Cauliflower • Seaweed Turkey Roll-Ups • Greek Deviled Eggs

When Panic Attacks

The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life

Are you plagued by fears, phobias, or panic attacks? Do you toss and turn at night with a knot in your stomach, worrying about your job, your family, work, your health, or relationships? Do you suffer from crippling shyness, obsessive doubts, or feelings of insecurity? What you may not realize is that these fears are almost never based on reality. Anxiety is one of the world’s oldest cons. When you’re anxious, you’re actually fooling yourself. You are telling yourself things that simply aren’t true. See if you can recognize yourself in any of these distortions: All-or-Nothing Thinking: “My mind will go blank when I give my presentation at work, and everyone will think I’m an idiot.” Fortune Telling: “I just know I’ll freeze up and blow it when I take my test.” Mind Reading: “Everyone at this party can see how nervous I am.” Magnification: “Flying is so dangerous. I think this plane is going to crash!” Should Statements: “I shouldn’t be so anxious and insecure. Other people don’t feel this way.” Emotional Reasoning: “I feel like I’m on the verge of cracking up!” Self-Blame: “What’s wrong with me? I’m such a loser!” Mental Filter: “Why can’t I get anything done? My life seems like one long procrastination.” Now imagine what it be like to live a life that’s free of worries and self-doubt; to go to sleep at night feeling peaceful and relaxed; to overcome your shyness and have fun with other people; to give dynamic presentations without worrying yourself sick ahead of time; to enjoy greater creativity, productivity and self-confidence. Does that sound impossible? The truth is you can defeat your fears. In When Panic Attacks, Dr. Burns takes you by the hand and shows you how to overcome every conceivable kind of anxiety. In fact, you will learn how to use more than forty simple, effective techniques, and the moment you put the lie to the distorted thoughts that plague you, your fears will immediately disappear. Dr. Burns also shares the latest research on the drugs commonly prescribed for anxiety and depression and explains why they may sometimes do more harm than good. This is not pop psychology but proven, fast-acting techniques that have been shown to be more effective than medications. When Panic Attacks is an indispensable handbook for anyone who’s worried sick and sick of worrying.

anxiety/social anxiety

Anxiety Support Group

Anxiety in Social Settings

Stress and Anxiety

Social Anxiety in Australia

Freedom from anxieties

Performance Anxiety

Anxiety Depression Insomnia

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic - West 5th Campus, Harbour North Unit

Offers evaluations and treatments for anxiety-related conditions. Treatments include both medications and effective psychological treatments. Interdisciplinary staff team is available to consult with family doctors, psychiatrists and other professionals who are involved in a patient's care. Provides leadership in evidence-based clinical service, education, and research for anxiety disorders.

Healing Arts & Recovery with Peer Support

Peer led program to explore art, build connections and open the doors to recovery.

Recovery International - Hamilton West

A community mental health organization that uses the self-help training system of cognitive behavioural techniques for controlling behaviour and changing attitudes, provides self-help after care only. Members under professional care are expected to follow the authority of the physician and/or professional.

The Women's Centre of Halton - Support Groups and Workshops - Oakville

The centre provides support groups for women in crisis, distress or transition to effect positive change.

Assertiveness Training:
* learn how to ask for and receive the things you want from life
* practice communication skills to be more assertive at work, in relationships and other areas of your life

Self-awareness group:
* participants learn how to identify harmful patterns and develop skills to improve relationships by communicating their needs more effectively without guilt, shame or fear

Depression and anxiety support group:
* come together with other women and learn tools to help cope with depression and anxiety

Self-esteem Series:
* focuses on making positive changes and facing challenges head on
* provides the opportunity to foster friendships, build confidence and promote positive thinking

Separation and Divorce:
* walks participants through the emotional stages of separating and divorcing an intimate partner (grief, anger, devastation)
in a safe, supportive caring group environment
* a chance to share concerns and connect with other women

Divorce Financial workshop:
* a divorce financial analyst discusses financial mistakes women can avoid
* topics include selling or keeping your home, support payments, income tax, banking and credit

Family Law 101:
* one day seminar introducing the basics of Family law and covering everything women need to know about separation and divorce
* topics include property division, spousal support, child custody and access, separation agreements and child support

Stress reduction:
* helps participants manage their stress and teaches strategies to work through the challenges of everyday life

Coffee and conversation:
* join the group for lighthearted conversation and snacks

Self care:
* a monthly drop-in workshop for participants to learn ways to practice self care in the midst of all of the chaos

The Women's Centre of Halton - Support Groups and Workshops - Oakville

The centre provides support groups for women in crisis, distress or transition to effect positive change.

Assertiveness Training:
* learn how to ask for and receive the things you want from life
* practice communication skills to be more assertive at work, in relationships and other areas of your life

Self-awareness group:
* participants learn how to identify harmful patterns and develop skills to improve relationships by communicating their needs more effectively without guilt, shame or fear

Depression and anxiety support group:
* come together with other women and learn tools to help cope with depression and anxiety

Self-esteem Series:
* focuses on making positive changes and facing challenges head on
* provides the opportunity to foster friendships, build confidence and promote positive thinking

Separation and Divorce:
* walks participants through the emotional stages of separating and divorcing an intimate partner (grief, anger, devastation)
in a safe, supportive caring group environment
* a chance to share concerns and connect with other women

Divorce Financial workshop:
* a divorce financial analyst discusses financial mistakes women can avoid
* topics include selling or keeping your home, support payments, income tax, banking and credit

Family Law 101:
* one day seminar introducing the basics of Family law and covering everything women need to know about separation and divorce
* topics include property division, spousal support, child custody and access, separation agreements and child support

Stress reduction:
* helps participants manage their stress and teaches strategies to work through the challenges of everyday life

Coffee and conversation:
* join the group for lighthearted conversation and snacks

Self care:
* a monthly drop-in workshop for participants to learn ways to practice self care in the midst of all of the chaos

The Women's Centre of Halton - Support Groups and Workshops - Oakville

The centre provides support groups for women in crisis, distress or transition to effect positive change.

Assertiveness Training:
* learn how to ask for and receive the things you want from life
* practice communication skills to be more assertive at work, in relationships and other areas of your life

Self-awareness group:
* participants learn how to identify harmful patterns and develop skills to improve relationships by communicating their needs more effectively without guilt, shame or fear

Depression and anxiety support group:
* come together with other women and learn tools to help cope with depression and anxiety

Self-esteem Series:
* focuses on making positive changes and facing challenges head on
* provides the opportunity to foster friendships, build confidence and promote positive thinking

Separation and Divorce:
* walks participants through the emotional stages of separating and divorcing an intimate partner (grief, anger, devastation)
in a safe, supportive caring group environment
* a chance to share concerns and connect with other women

Divorce Financial workshop:
* a divorce financial analyst discusses financial mistakes women can avoid
* topics include selling or keeping your home, support payments, income tax, banking and credit

Family Law 101:
* one day seminar introducing the basics of Family law and covering everything women need to know about separation and divorce
* topics include property division, spousal support, child custody and access, separation agreements and child support

Stress reduction:
* helps participants manage their stress and teaches strategies to work through the challenges of everyday life

Coffee and conversation:
* join the group for lighthearted conversation and snacks

Self care:
* a monthly drop-in workshop for participants to learn ways to practice self care in the midst of all of the chaos

Support & Housing - Halton - TEACH - Milton - 348 Bronte St S, Unit 18

Peer initiative of Support & Housing - Halton * TEACH offers peer run education and support programs throughout Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (MHLHIN) * promotes self-empowerment and peer support and assist individuals in Halton in their mental health and/or concurrent disorders recovery

Services include:
Volunteer Program - many volunteer roles for mental health system consumers
* peer mentor program
* group facilitation
* community outreach
* TEACH program and service promotion
* program development and evaluation

Peer Mentor and Core Skills Training Program
* 10 weeks of intensive training of consumer volunteers to be peer mentors
* peer mentors are matched up with mental health consumers in their communities to offer emotional and practical support
* trained peers also facilitate groups and workshops

Managing Anxiety and Panic Workshops
* 10-12 week workshop
* offered in Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Acton and Georgetown
* offer support groups following the workshop

Self-Esteem - education and support group
* helps participants identify and understand issues of low self-esteem and develop strategies to raise self-esteem
* members contribute to the content (choose topics) and co-facilitate the group

Evolution - concurrent disorders peer-led support group
* for support and education of individuals with a concurrent disorder (mental illness and addiction)
* abstinence is not a requirement to participate

CheckPoint
* weekly drop-in group open to anyone who feels they could benefit from peer support in a group setting
* an opportunity for individuals to share how their lives are going and gain some insight into their overall wellness
* issues including self-care, legitimizing one's role and mutual support are addressed

SeniorTalk
* weekly peer led mental wellness group for seniors
* groups for older adults who want to connect with their peers in weekly discussions about the challenges and rewards of growing older

Youth programs
* peer based drop-in groups for individuals aged 15-24
* for more information, contact Alyssa Gremmen at 905-875-6126 or by email at agremmen@shhalton.org

Canada. Veterans Affairs Canada, Mississauga Service Centre

Benefits Navigator -- online questionnaire to help determine eligibility for services and benefits

Financial assistance
Income support * death benefit * disability benefits * retirement benefits * health care benefits * caregiver benefit * prisoner of war compensation * War Veterans Allowance

Veterans Independence Program -- assistance with the cost of home care services

Last Post Fund funeral and burial program -- see separate entry

Health, Mental Health and Transition services
Medical, psychosocial, vocational rehabilitation * case management * career counselling and job search assistance * long term care

VAC Assistance Service -- 24 hour crisis line * short-term problem solving with mental health professionals

Operational Stress Injury Social Support Program (OSISS), 416-633-6200 ext 4320 -- peer support for those affected by Operational Stress Injury and for their families

Helmets to Hardhats -- apprenticeship opportunities in the building and construction trades

Age to Age Training, Education and Counselling

Not-for profit organization to support individuals and their families who may be affected by everyday stressors of life * consists of a team of professionals working together to provide clinical and psychosocial support to those in need to overcome life challenges, conflicts and mental health concerns

Provides services dealing with:
Mental health issues
Anxiety disorder
Substance abuse
Dual diagnosed
Behavioural issues
Body image issues
Teen pregnancy
Delirium
Power of Attorney and Public trustee
Housing and social services support
Anger management
Parenting
Mood disorder
Addictions

Treatment methods include:
Therapeutic approach
Cognitive behavioural therapy
Solution-focused brief therapy
One-on-one therapy
Dialectical behavioural therapy
Group therapy
Couple's therapy

Canada. Veterans Affairs Canada, Mississauga Service Centre

Benefits Navigator -- online questionnaire to help determine eligibility for services and benefits

Financial assistance
Income support * death benefit * disability benefits * retirement benefits * health care benefits * caregiver benefit * prisoner of war compensation * War Veterans Allowance

Veterans Independence Program -- assistance with the cost of home care services

Last Post Fund funeral and burial program -- see separate entry

Health, Mental Health and Transition services
Medical, psychosocial, vocational rehabilitation * case management * career counselling and job search assistance * long term care

VAC Assistance Service -- 24 hour crisis line * short-term problem solving with mental health professionals

Operational Stress Injury Social Support Program (OSISS), 416-633-6200 ext 4320 -- peer support for those affected by Operational Stress Injury and for their families

Helmets to Hardhats -- apprenticeship opportunities in the building and construction trades

Canada. Veterans Affairs Canada, Mississauga Service Centre

Benefits Navigator -- online questionnaire to help determine eligibility for services and benefits

Financial assistance
Income support * death benefit * disability benefits * retirement benefits * health care benefits * caregiver benefit * prisoner of war compensation * War Veterans Allowance

Veterans Independence Program -- assistance with the cost of home care services

Last Post Fund funeral and burial program -- see separate entry

Health, Mental Health and Transition services
Medical, psychosocial, vocational rehabilitation * case management * career counselling and job search assistance * long term care

VAC Assistance Service -- 24 hour crisis line * short-term problem solving with mental health professionals

Operational Stress Injury Social Support Program (OSISS), 416-633-6200 ext 4320 -- peer support for those affected by Operational Stress Injury and for their families

Helmets to Hardhats -- apprenticeship opportunities in the building and construction trades

Recovery Canada - Burlington Groups - No Physical Address

Major Services:
* weekly group meetings to support those with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, open to the public and visitors to join and observe
* monthly leaders training for interested members who have attended Recovery Canada groups for at least six months

Website includes more information on the Recovery method as well as information on the meeting places, telephone meetings, chat rooms, and online meetings (see here)