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of promoting the prevention, treatment and management of anxiety disorders and improving the lives of people who suffer from them

Welcome to ADAC/ACTA. We are a registered Canadian non-profit organization whose aim is to promote the prevention, treatment and management of anxiety disorders and to improve the lives of people who suffer from them.

Anxiety Disorders are the most common mental health concern in Canada. They are also highly treatable. Our organization seeks to educate consumers, professionals and the public at large about anxiety disorders so that together, informed treatment choices can be made.

Our National Board of Directors consists of a blend of clinicians and consumers. Our Scientific Advisory Committee consists of many prominent Canadian experts in the field of Anxiety Disorders. As well, our Consumer Advisory Committee consists of Canadian consumers and/or consumer family members who advise the ADAC/ACTA Board of Directors on the issues related to living with anxiety disorders.

Anxiety is a normal reaction that many people experience. It is very common to feel nervous or uptight before an exam or to have butterflies in the stomach before going on a first date. An anxiety disorder, however, is diagnosed when various symptoms of anxiety people experience create significant distress and some degree of functional impairment in their daily living. A person with an anxiety disorder may find it difficult to function in areas of life such as social interactions, family relationships, work or school. Often, different anxiety disorders occur together or with other conditions such as depression or substance abuse.

There are six main Anxiety Disorders in adults and seven in children/youth. These include: Social Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic Disorder with or without Agoraphobia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Specific Phobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Separation Anxiety (in children and youth).

If you feel that you suffer from and anxiety disorder, you are not alone. They affect about 12% of all Canadians in any given year. They are also very treatable!

Each of the anxiety disorders has a specific set of criteria for diagnosis. Behavioural avoidance, excessive worry and physiological signs of anxious arousal are some of the common symptoms of an anxiety disorder. Together, these interfere with the quality and function of daily living. Please refer to our Anxiety Disorders menu for detailed descriptions of each disorder.

Scientifically supported (evidence-based) treatments  are available to help with anxiety disorders.  These include a form of psychotherapy called Cognitive Behaviour Therapy as well as certain types of medication specifically developed to help alleviate the associated symptoms. Both types of treatment have been shown to be equally effective. If people do not improve with one form of treatment, they are likely to improve with another. These treatments are typically used separately but they may also be used in combination.

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ADAC/ACTA is not a referral service and we do not have mental health professionals on staff to answer questions. When possible please refer to our affiliate association in your province for references to services in your area.

QUEBEC (ATAQ): www.ataq.org
ONTARIO (ADAO): www.anxiety
MANITOBA (ADAM): www.adam.mb.ca
BRITISH COLUMBIA (ADABC) : www.anxietybc.com


To contact us by telephone call:
1-888-223-2252 or 1-514-484-0504
Or by email at contactus@anxietycanada.ca

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