This is the body’s natural response to stress caused by fear or apprehension of what is to come. The 11 types of anxiety are  Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder), Agoraphobia, Body focused repetitive behaviours,  Health Anxiety, Hoarding Disorder, separation anxiety and specific phobia.

Anxiety causes disruption that can interrupt or even stop adults from participating in a variety of experiences such as attending higher education, pursuing meaningful work, joining social, athletic or recreational clubs, being in relationships, and more


  • Irritability
  • Tired or fatigue
  • Muscle pains
  • Headaches
  • Stomachaches
  • Avoiding going places or doing things for fear help may be hard to find
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep, or disturbed/interrupted sleep
  • Excessive body checking
  • Reassurance seeking
  • Researching illness and treatments
  • Work absenteeism (i.e. excessive missed days of work)

Possible Treatments

  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Self-Help or Support Groups
  • Stress-Management Techniques
  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-Anxiety Medications
  • Beta-Blockers

Further readings and resources
Anxiety Canada: Anxiety in adults
ADAA: To be female, anxious and black
Lightwell therapy: Digital therapy
Anxiety: Racism, stress and anxiety
Montreal center for anxiety and depression
Anxiety management app