Heyy, you are not alone everyone experiences anxiety from time to time.The demands and stress of daily life is enough for every person to experience anxiety.

what is anxiety

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In general, anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can be beneficial in some situations. It can alert us to dangers and help us prepare and pay attention . Anxiety motivates us to accomplish your assignments ,study harder for a test and it can warn when you’re in a dangerous situation. It informs you to be extra vigilant about your environment – fight and flee.

But, anxiety disorders are differ from normal feelings of nervousness or anxiousness.Anxiety is a broad term for several disorders; these disorders affect how we feel ,think and behave, and they can manifest real physical disorders.If anxiety is affecting you or someone you know, it’s important to learn the difference.

What is Anxiety?

Usually, normal anxiety occurs in response to a stressor, such as an exam, an upcoming interview, a fight with a friend or a new job. When you struggle with an anxiety disorder you’re anxious almost or all of the time, yet there are times when you can’t spot the source of the stress.

Normal anxiety-

  • Is related to a specific situation or problem.
  • Lasts only as long as the situation or problem.
  • Is proportional to the situation or problem.
  • Is a realistic response to a real problem or situation.
  • Does not show any physical change.
  • Does not give a negative impact on day to day life.

Also known as Positive Anxiety.

Positive anxiety comes with :

  1. MOTIVATION :We use the physical properties of hormones like adrenaline to spur us on and help us focus on achieving positive goals. Without positive anxiety ,it would be unlikely that you could be dedicated to the rules of your workplace, be able to complete schoolwork, or become motivated to do something that does not sound preasurable. It is a powerful motivating force.
  2. ATTENTION : When we are anxious our attention shifts to things that are important in our lives. For example , your anxiety will force you to recognize, say an upcoming event and pay attention in a way that will ideally help you suceed.
  3. PROTECTION : Since ,anxiety is in a way related to fear ,it is a way to protect us from danger. We can become anxious in situations that could cause harm or even kill us ,and this natural anxiety feeling prevents that.

What is Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety disorders are most common of mental disorders. It is a mental health disorder characterised by feelings of worry, anxiety or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities.Often, anxiety disorders involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes(panic attacks). But, anxiety disorders are treatable with number of effective treatments and tests.

Also known as Negative Anxiety:

Negative anxiety is where we let our feelings of worry and unease get the better of us, dominating our actions and dragging us down as a result. It can lead to anything from headaches ,ulcers ,hair loss ,skin eruptions ,weight gain ,insomnia and immune breakdown, to heart attacks and suicide if left untreated and uncontrolled.

There are several types of Anxiety Disorders namely:

  1. Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  2. Panic Disorder
  3. Phobia – i)Specific Phobia ii) Agrophobia iii) Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia) iv) Separation Anxiety Disorder


  • palpitations ,sweating ,trembling ,dry mouth (One of the symptoms must be from this category.
  • difficulty in breathing ,feeling of chocking ,nausea ,churning stomach, fear of losing control,passing out ,going mad or dying.
  • Flushes or chills ,numbness or tingling .

This was an overview of what Anxiety and Anxiety Disorder is. Stay tuned with us to know more about mental health. Know more about types of anxiety disorders in our next article.


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