What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It can be helpful, but some people’s reaction to stress can be excessive. When it becomes excessive, it may impair one’s ability to function.
If you have trouble with crowds, for example, you maybe not have the ability to go to the mall or to the movies. If you’re constantly worried about this issue or that issue, it may impair your ability to pay attention or accomplish tasks during the day.
Anxiety manifests in symptoms in many different ways. It can be that general sort of constant worrying we all know and love, or it can be about one particular perseveration that sort of consumes us. You may not worry at all, or you may find you have a stomachache or headache at one particular time during that day. A number of different disorders contained under the umbrella of anxiety include:
- Panic Disorder
- Social & Specific Phobias
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- General Anxiety Disorder