• Conduct a patient centered interview
    • To elicit the common symptoms associated with anxiety as per the most current DSM criteria
    • 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 develop a differential diagnosis for anxiety symptoms or conditions that may present with anxiety
    • Identify high risk groups and risk factors for anxiety disorders
    • Propose non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic management options for patients with anxiety, including therapy choices, drug classes, common side effects and timeline for efficacy
    • Identify locally available resources that can provide support or help with ongoing management of this chronic condition.

Core Resources

Anxiety One Pager.pdf

‘Tam M, Creek K. Anxiety One-Page Primer. DFCM Open. 2013. Avaialble at: hyyps:// Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Locke AB, Kirst N, Shultz CG. Diagnosis and management of generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder in adults. Am Fam Physician. 2015;91(9):617-624. doi: d11959 [pii].

Youth Mental Health Anxiety and Depression

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

Supplemental Resources


Preston J. Psy.D and P.A. Distributors. Quick Reference to Psychiatric Medications®. 2015. Available at:

 Optimizing Care to Improve Outcomes

Stein MB, Craske MG. Treating Anxiety in 2017Optimizing Care to Improve Outcomes. JAMA.2017;318(3):235–236. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.6996