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Anxiety disorders: types, causes, and symptoms

An anxiety disorder can interfere with your day-to-day life. Learn about the symptoms, causes and treatments.


Everyone feels anxious at different times in their life but when it interferes with your day-to-day activities it can become a problem. Learn more.

Social anxiety

Social anxiety disorder, or social phobia, is a persistent and extreme fear of being watched or judged by other people. Learn about causes of social anxiety and who to turn to for treatment.

Panic attacks

Learn about the symptoms, causes and what you can do to manage panic attacks.

Common thinking errors

Common thinking errors (cognitive errors or cognitive distortions) are easy to make. Learn about ten common thinking errors and ways to stop them.


Your self-esteem is the way you look at or perceive yourself. Learn about how it affects your life and how to build healthy self-esteem.

How can I develop coping strategies?

Developing coping strategies or tools to cope, is a powerful way to deal with life's inevitable challenges. Learn some new ways to cope.

Challenging negative self-talk

Self-talk are those thoughts or things you say to yourself. Self-talk is often negative and skews how we see ourselves. Learn how to identify and manage your self-talk.

Managing expectations

Unrealistic expectations could have a negative impact on your life. Learn about where they come from, how they affect you and how to manage the situation.


At some time or another, everyone experiences stress. Learn all about stress and how to manage it.

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