Anxiety, worry, and stress are all a part of most people’s lives today. But simply experiencing anxiety or stress in and of itself does not mean you need to get professional help or you have an anxiety disorder. In fact, anxiety is a necessary warning signal of a dangerous or difficult situation. Without anxiety, we would have no way of anticipating difficulties ahead and preparing for them.
Anxiety disorders include a set of related mental conditions that include: generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, and simple phobias.
Anxiety becomes a disorder when the symptoms become chronic and interfere with our daily lives and our ability to function. People suffering from chronic, generalized anxiety often report the following symptoms:
Fear or confusion
Inability to relax
Shortness of breath
These symptoms can be severe and upsetting enough to make individuals feel extremely uncomfortable, out of control, and helpless.
If you think your anxiety is taking over your life, talk to one of our fully trained, experience Counselors.
Article: Grohol, J. (2017). Anxiety Disorders. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 17, 2017.