Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. Anxiety disorders can make people feel self-conscious, anxious, nervous, worried, fearful or restless. People with anxiety may not be aware of how it negatively impacts their daily lives.
We instinctively have a 'fight or flight' response to external threats. This response gets triggered too often, and for the wrong reasons, when our mind and body are not in harmony.
Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. For example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam, or having a medical test or job interview.
During times like these, feeling anxious can be perfectly normal.
But some people find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can often affect their daily lives.
(PTSD)post-traumatic stress disorder
(social phobia)social anxiety disorder
(GAD) The information in this section is about a specific condition called generalised anxiety disorder