This guide explores the difference between normal anxiety and anxiety disorders, and the different ways that anxiety is expressed. It explains the causes and theories of anxiety in simple, straightforward language, and gives an overview of treatments. The guide also looks at long-term strategies to manage anxiety and prevent relapse, and suggests ways that family members can help, as well as finding support for themselves.
This edition was fully revised and updated in 2016.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Neil A. Rector, PhD, C.Psych., is a clinical psychologist and director of the mood and anxiety research and treatment program in the department of psychiatry at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. He is also a full professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (USA). Dr. Rector is also the author of two other CAMH information guides: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy.
Danielle Bourdeau, MD, is an independent mental health care professional in Toronto, Ontario, and former staff psychiatrist, Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Kate Kitchen, MSW, RSW, currently provides individual, couple, family and group psychotherapy in private practice. Kate worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) from 1997 to 2010. While at CAMH she was a clinical social worker in the Mood and Anxiety Program, as a psychotherapist, and later as an advanced practice clinician. She has co-authored several CAMH Information Guides, including Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders and Anxiety Disorders.
Linda Joseph-Massiah, RN, PhD, works in administration and management of healthcare services.
Judith Laposa, PhD, C.Psych., is a psychologist in the Mood and Anxiety Service at CAMH. She is a Clinician Scientist at CAMH in the Clinical Research, Research Program, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She is CACBT-ACTCC-Certified in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. In addition to working with clients, Dr. Laposa mentors students and professionals from a variety of disciplines in the administration of cognitive behavioural therapy.