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.
Prairie St. John’s provides a number of services for children, adolescents and adults facing mental health issues, substance use disorder or co-occurring disorders. For a confidential, no-cost assessment call 701-476-7200 anytime, day or night.