Anxiety is a subjective feeling of increased tension and uneasiness. Anxiety can become a disorder when it causes sufficient personal distress impeding functioning in day to day living. Anxiety disorders result in substantial physiological stress as well as behavioural, cognitive, and emotional symptoms. For patients or clients who live with anxiety disorders, occupational therapists are often most concerned with addressing the disorder's impact on occupations and life roles. Many occupational therapists consider the ability to 'do' in daily life and find a sense of achievement in such 'doing' as foundational to health and well-being. Occupational therapists work with clients to help the person develop a more satisfying and functionally engaged occupationally lifestyle. Occupational therapists may work with clients to: - Promote health, well-being and quality of life - Minimize or prevent relapse of features of the disorder - Remediate impairments associated with the condition that are negatively affecting functional performance in occupations - Develop opportunities for social inclusion, self-determination, and participation in occupations - Promote occupational balance between intrinsic and extrinsic mental, physical and social capacities Overall, occupational therapists work with people living with anxiety to help them manage their mental health needs through occupation-centred interventions. Crouch, Rosemary, and Vivyan Alers. Occupational Therapy in Psychiatry and Mental Health. John Wiley & Sons, 2014.