Worried or Anxious?

Information and Resources

We all feel anxious sometimes – it might be about exam results, a job interview or even who will win the final of a sports match. This anxiety is a normal part of life and in fact is necessary to help us avoid danger or perform at our best. For some people, the feelings of anxiety can be much more extreme. This anxiety is more than feeling stressed – it’s a serious condition that makes day-to-day life difficult.

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What is anxiety?
Types of anxiety


Anxiety is accompanied by many physical symptoms:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Tiredness
  • Irritability

The signs of a panic attack can also occur, in which a person feels intense physical sensations such as breathlessness, rapid heart rate and dizziness and might worry they are about to have a heart attack, faint or lose control.

There are a lot of different types of anxiety. Six of the most common are listed below.

  • Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Social phobia
  • Obsessive compulsivedisorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Specific phobias

Learn about more types of anxiety

How to Get Help

Do you need someone to talk to and point you in a right direction? Are you ready to talk?

  • Emergency
    If it’s an emergency, please contact your hospital or dial 911.
  • Call or chat online
    You can call Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 or chat with a Kids Help Phone counsellor online in a Live Chat.
  • Kinark Services
    If you have a question about Kinark’s services, please call us at 1-888-454-6275.
  • Find a mental health centre in Ontario – visit Children’s Mental Health Ontario’s website.