Mental health conditions and concerns

If you – or someone you know – are experiencing symptoms that could be related to a mental health condition or concern, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. One in three Canadians will face a serious mental health issue during their lifetime1.

Read on to learn more about certain mental health challenges, symptoms, and treatment options. This series, created by Manulife’s mental health specialist and partners, provides information about different mental health conditions.


Common symptoms of anxiety may include chronic excessive fear and worry, restlessness, irritability, nervousness or fatigue.


Depression is characterized by persistent low mood that impacts how a person feels in a negative way.

Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder (formerly called manic-depression) is a mental illness that causes extreme shifts in mood. 

Grief and loss

Grief is the emotion experienced after a loss. From losing an important person, pet or relationship, to losing a job, sense of identity and more.

Substance use disorder

Complex and often chronic, these disorders come on slowly, but certain factors impact their severity and approach to treatment.