Anxiety

Painful or apprehensive uneasiness of mind usually over an impending or anticipated ill; fearful concern or interest; an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs (as sweating, tension, and increased pulse), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one's capacity to cope with it (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anxiety)

 

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It helps one deal with a tense situation in the office, study harder for an exam, keep focused on an important speech. In general, it helps one cope. But when anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it has become a disabling disorder. 

 

Five major types of anxiety disorders are:

 

 

(http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml)

 

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