• Conduct a patient centered interview
    • To elicit the common symptoms associated with anxiety (as per the most current DSM criteria e.g., tenseness, fatigued, reduced concentration, irritability)
    • To elicit the contextual and other factors contributing to the anxiety symptoms and probe for/describe impact of anxiety on patient’s function.
    • To differentiate between situational anxiety and anxiety disorders e.g. GAD, OCD, phobias, PTSD
    • To identify other conditions that can present with anxiety, co-morbid or more serious conditions, e.g. substance abuse, dementia, delirium, hyperthyroidism, arrhythmias personality disorders
  • Identify high risk groups for anxiety disorder e.g. post-trauma, bereavement, malignancy or other serious illness diagnosis (in self or family member), dysfunctional families (e.g. abuse, separation), family history
  • Propose non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic management options for patients with anxiety, including drug classes, common side effects and timeline for efficacy (doses and exact drug names not necessary)
  • Identify locally available resources that can provide support or help with ongoing management of this chronic condition.


Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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Pathogenesis of Anxiety Disorders

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Quick Reference Psychiatric Medications 2016

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Optimizing Care to Improve Outcomes

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Youth Mental Health Anxiety and Depression

Centre for Effective Practice. Youth Mental Health: Anxiety and Depression. Published June 2017.