In everyday life, anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. This kind of anxiety can be beneficial and alert us to dangers and help us prepare and pay attention.
Anxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of nervousness or anxiousness and involve excessive fear or anxiety. Anxiety disorders are the most common of mental disorders. They affect nearly 30% of adults at some stage of their lives.
The anxiety from anxiety disorders is in anticipation of a future concern, which is associated with muscle tension and avoidance behaviors. The fear from this disorder, is an emotional response to an immediate threat, and is more associated with a fight or flight reaction.
This disorder will more than likely cause people to try and avoid situations that trigger or worsen their symptoms. Work performance, schoolwork and personal relationships are the main areas of life that are impacted.
For a person to be diagnosed with anxiety disorder, the fear or anxiety must:
- Be out of proportion to the situation or be age inappropriate.
- Hinder their ability to function normally!
Anxiety disorder is treatable with a number of psychotherapeutic treatments. To get help, speak with your doctor or a mental health professional.