Anxiety is a mental health disorder that can have a severely debilitating impact on someone’s daily life. Although it is less visible than many physical disabilities, it can create just as much or even more turmoil in a person’s life.
It’s relatively common for most people to feel anxious occasionally at certain stages of their life. In fact, almost everyone will feel anxious or worried at some point. Perhaps there’s an important test coming up, or your about to start a new job and you’re not sure how you’ll manage. Scientists have pointed out that there are reasons for this in our evolution, since the experiencing of fear and anxiety was critical to our survival by helping us to avoid danger in the past. Even today, fear can be a positive emotion that assists us to identify threats.
But anxiety as a mental health disorder is something different. The feeling of being distressed or nervous is more persistent and is also impossible to shake off. In some cases, the fear or worry will build up over time and get worse.