What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal, adaptive response that occurs in response to a vague or ambiguous event. It is a state of heightened alertness to perceived threats.

Anxiety can range from low-level worry and mild apprehension to feelings of intense distress and panic. It also involves cognitive symptoms of intense fear or dread, such as worries about the worst case scenario or ruminating on one's problems. Moreover anxiety involves physical symptoms like a churning stomach, pounding heart rate, overbreathing or feeling faint.

Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. However some people experience severe or persistent anxiety that interferes with daily life and functioning. This is known as an anxiety disorder. There are range of anxiety disorders, including:

The exact causes of anxiety disorders are complex and not fully understood. Some combination of genetic and environmental factors are thought to play a role. Specific risk factors for developing an anxiety disorder may include:

Anxiety disorders can significantly impact a person's functioning and quality of life. However, there are many effective treatments available, including:

I hope this overview on anxiety - what it is, common disorders, causes, and treatments - has been helpful! Please let me know if you have any other questions. Wishing you the very best in managing anxiety.

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