Anxiety is a common and natural human reaction to certain situations. We all know what it’s like to feel anxious – the funny feeling in your stomach before a first date, the tension you feel when your boss is angry, and the way your heart pounds if you’re in danger. Anxiety prepares you for action. It gears you up to face a threatening situation. In general, it helps you cope.
But if you have an anxiety disorder, or chronic anxiety, this normally helpful emotion can do just the opposite – it can keep you coping and can disrupt your daily life.
Chronic Anxiety encompasses a group of psychiatric disorders which include generalized anxiety, social anxiety and panic disorder.
It’s important to know how to spot the signs of chronic anxiety and share your feelings with your doctor. The sooner you reach out, the sooner you can start on the path to peace of mind.