I thought that I might write a little about what anxiety is. For people who have not experienced an anxiety disorder, it can be quite confusing just what the big deal is about it. Everyone experiences symptoms of anxiety, it is completely normal, and it would be detrimental and dangerous to us if we didn't experience anxiety at all, as it often keeps us out of harms way. Eg; if you are in the middle of the road and a car is hurtling towards you, you feel a bit of fear and get off the road. This is normal and good anxiety that will work to keep you safe.
Anxiety is a psychological and physiological state characterized by somatic, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral components. The root meaning of the word anxiety is 'to vex or trouble'; in either presence or absence of psychological stress, anxiety can create feelings of fear, worry, uneasiness and dread. Anxiety is considered to be a normal reaction to a stressor. It may help someone to deal with a difficult situation by prompting them to cope with it. When anxiety becomes excessive, it may fall under the classification of an anxiety disorder.
However, sometimes it is very difficult to understand if your own feelings (or those of someone you know) of anxiety (or depression) should be classified as a mental illness, and how this is distinguished from something that is normal. Medical professionals have guidelines to classify various symptoms, but a good generalisation is that if your feelings of anxiety or depression become severe and begin to affect your relationships, your family, your work, or other areas of your life, then it is probably worth seeing a medical professional.
Disclaimer: All the information on this blog is for information purposes only. I am not a professional, and if you are experiencing symptoms that are a concern to you, you should consult a medical professional.