Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Mental Health

Anxiety Disorders

Key Messages
Hospital Admission Trends Over Time
Hospital Admissions by Age and Sex
Hospital Admissions and Marginalization
Emergency Department Visit Trends Over Time
Emergency Department Visits by Age and Sex
Emergency Department Visits and Marginalization
Reasons for Admission or Visit
Technical Notes

Key Messages

  • The rates of anxiety disorder-related hospital admissions and emergency department visits were significantly higher in Simcoe Muskoka than in Ontario.
  • The highest rates of hospital admissions and emergency department visits were observed in females, and in those who lived in areas with higher levels of deprivation.
  • Children and youth younger than 20 years had the highest age-specific rate of hospital admissions, while adults 20 to 44 years had the highest age-specific rate of emergency department visits.

Hospital Admission Trends Over Time

  • In 2018, the age-standardized rate of anxiety disorder-related hospital admissions was 22 (18.5, 26.5) per 100,000 persons in Simcoe Muskoka.
  • This is significantly higher than the Ontario rate of 18 (16.8, 18.2) per 100,000 persons.
  • From 2011 to 2018, there were an average of 125 anxiety disorder-related hospital admissions per year among Simcoe Muskoka, this did not change significantly over time.
  • There was a significant increase in the provincial rate of anxiety disorder-related hospital admissions from 2011 to 2018. This change was not evident in Simcoe Muskoka.

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Hospital Admissions by Age and Sex

  • For 2014 to 2018, combined, the age-standardized rate of anxiety disorder-related hospital admissions in Simcoe Muskoka among females was 31 (27.9, 33.9) per 100,000 persons.
  • This was significantly higher than the rate among males with 18 (16.0, 20.6) per 100,000 persons.
  • Children and youth, aged <1 to 19 years, had the highest age-specific rate of anxiety disorder-related hospital admissions, with 43 (37.9, 48.5) per 100,000 persons.
  • The pattern of age and sex-specific rates across Ontario were similar to the rates in Simcoe Muskoka.

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Hospital Admissions by Marginalization

  • Hospital admissions for anxiety disorders were highest among people living in areas with the highest level of material deprivation.
  • From 2014 to 2018, there were 38 (31.8, 45.6) anxiety disorder-related hospital admissions per 100,000 people who live in areas with the highest levels of material deprivation.

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Emergency Department Visits Trends Over Time

  • The number of anxiety disorder-related emergency department visits in Simcoe Muskoka residents increased from around 2,000 in 2011 to 2,500 in 2018.
  • The age-standardized rate for anxiety disorder-related emergency department visits increased from 393 (376.0, 410.9) visits per 100,000 persons in 2011 to 444 (427.0, 462.4) visits per 100,000 in 2018 among Simcoe Muskoka residents.
  • This was significantly higher than the provincial rate with 382 (378.9, 385.4) anxiety disorder-related emergency department visits per 100,000 persons.

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Emergency Department Visits by Age and Sex

  • From 2014 to 2018 (combined), there was a significantly higher rate of emergency department visits related to anxiety disorders among females, with an age-standardized rate of 529 (516.8, 541.9) per 100,000 females compared to 376 (365.6, 386.4) per 100,000 among males in Simcoe Muskoka.
  • Adults aged 20-44 had significantly higher rates of emergency department visits related to anxiety disorder, with an age-specific rate of 720 (702.5, 738.7) visits per 100,000 persons in Simcoe Muskoka.

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Emergency Department Visits and Marginalization

  • There were more than double the rate of anxiety disorder-related emergency department visits among those living in the most deprived areas with 842 visits per 100,000 population (811.0, 873.4) in Simcoe Muskoka compared to those living in the least deprived areas with 310 visits per 100,000 population (290.5, 331.3).

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Reasons for Admission or Visit

  • The most common diagnoses among anxiety disorder-related hospital admissions and emergency department visits were for generalized and unspecified anxiety disorders.

Technical Notes

Anxiety disorders involve biological, psychological and social influences, and can be challenging to diagnose. Symptoms of anxiety disorders such as panic attacks may be the result of other medical conditions (e.g. asthma), or may be the cause of other medical conditions (e.g. hypertension). Anxiety disorders are characterised by persistent anxiety symptoms, obsessions, compulsions, or phobias or fears.

The specific diagnostic codes used to identify anxiety disorder-related hospital admissions and emergency department visits are presented on the OMHRS data source page.

Further Reading

For more information on anxiety and anxiety disorders, see:

Page Last Modified: September 30, 2020.