The patient who is anxious
Anxiety symptoms are extremely common and generally can be managed in the primary care setting. A major task for the primary care provider is to determine whether the patient's symptoms stem from a reaction to a distressing situation, indicate an anxiety disorder or another emotional disorder, or arise from a medical condition. Clinicians can provide psychoeducation and treatment, including brief psychotherapy such as cognitive-behavioural therapy. Medication and referral may also be required.