All of us experience anxiety from time to time and it is a normal part of our lives. Whenever there is stress or there is too many problems on our mind, we feel anxious. However, the feeling becomes a problem when it starts interfering with our daily lives, if it goes too long after the danger has gone and if there is absence of any real threat. The feeling affects our entire being since it can influence the way we feel or behave and the physical symptoms it manifests are very real. Mild form of anxiety can be unsettling and vague while its severe form can really incapacitate a person.
Anxiety is actually a general term for a number of disorders that cause a person to experience nervousness, apprehension, worry and fear. These feelings are different from the state of fear or worry that you get when facing a challenging situation such as a recital, public speaking or job interview. The feelings of anxiety and fear that you get in these situations are normal and easily justifiable. However, when symptoms are already interfering with your ability to sleep and other normal functions, you have a problem. In general, anxiety is considered abnormal when your reaction is already out of proportion to what is normal in a particular situation.