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Anxiety Program

Patient Referral

The Anxiety Disorders Program of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is a hospital-based outpatient service that provides treatment for adults (18 years of age and over) whose anxiety interferes with their quality of life. All fees for eligible patients are covered by provincial health insurance.

Individuals must be referred to our Program by a physician. This referral can come from a CLSC, a Psychiatrist, a General Practitioner, the Emergency Department, the Module-Evaluation-Liaison service, the in-patient unit, or one of our day hospital programs. Our waiting list for an assessment is typically between two and four weeks.

Information for Referring Physicians

The MUHC Anxiety Disorders Program is an interdisciplinary tertiary-care outpatient service offering treatment, consultation, and shared-care. The program accepts referrals for patients suffering from a primary anxiety disorder, trauma-related disorder, or obsessive compulsive disorder. Referrals are also accepted for patients with a primary mood disorder who have significant anxious distress.

Given our tertiary-care mandate, we primarily accept patients whose treatment is complex due to one or more of the following factors: severity of symptoms, chronicity of symptoms, treatment resistance (at least on previous course of adequate pharmacotherapy or psychotherapy), psychiatric comorbidity, medical comorbidity, severe functional impairment, or a history of recent psychiatric hospitalization or emergency department visits. The Anxiety Disorders Program is not appropriate for patients with active or inadequately treated psychotic disorders and for patients with severe addictions requiring inpatient services.

Our patient base is confined to those individuals residing in the area of CSSS de La Montagne. However, we do accept referrals from other areas provided there is an appropriate referral and discharge plan.