What exactly is anxiety?
We all get worried or scared in response to certain situations in our lives. Anxiety, however, refers to the state of being extremely worried or afraid most of the time or feeling constant panic. This may happen in response to trivial situations or even in the anticipation of situations that have not happened. Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental illnesses. They include panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Anxiety often negatively affects a person’s performance at work and school. People with anxiety may also have problems in maintaining healthy relationships. Around 40 million adult Americans suffer from anxiety disorders each year. Fortunately, there are many effective therapies to help control anxiety disorders.