WHAT IS ANXIETY?
Anxiety is a natural response to any situation that poses some threat to the individual. Experiencing anxiety is normal. One feels unpleasant and has a vague sense of apprehension. It may also be accompanied by certain autonomic symptoms such as headache, sweating, racing heart, chest tightening, restlessness and stomach discomfort.
But for the individuals who have an anxiety disorder, this reaction can be more intense, lasting longer and occurring more frequently. Such individuals would usually avoid anxiety provoking situations and may have difficulties in areas of relationships, work, school and other social activities
ARE ANXIETY AND FEAR DIFFERENT?
Yes. Anxiety is experienced as an unpleasant feeling, a sense of apprehension to something that is vague, internal, unknown and conflictual in nature. On the other hand, fear is a response to something external, known and definite threat.