Anxiety Disorder

Fear and anxiety are normal parts of life. Anxiety can be differentiated from fear by the following: fear is a rational emotion to a real threat. Anxiety, on the other hand, is an irrational response to an imagined threat. Anxiety is best described as a psychological disturbance caused by prolonged thought processes that perpetuate it. If ignored, anxiety may eventually cause irrational fears, specific phobias and panic attacks.

Anxiety—Some Warning Signs

  • Constant worrying
  • Trembling or muscle tension
  • Feeling tense or inability to relax
  • Feeling tired
  • Having trouble staying focused
  • Feeling irritable or grouchy
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep
  • Physically ill when worrying

For additional information on anxiety treatment, see the Resources section.