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This is a normative question and how a person chooses to answer is hugely dependent on their personal experience and understanding of anxiety. Anxiety is a common, everyday word that is easily misused and at times under presented in clinical settings.

This is a normative question and how a person chooses to answer is hugely dependent on their personal experience and understanding of anxiety. Anxiety is a common, everyday word that is easily misused and at times under presented in clinical settings.

In other words, people do not think that a person should go to see a doctor because they are anxious. Generally, most people use the word anxiety when they feel fear while others do not really recognize the symptoms of anxiety when it actually occurs. Again, anxiety can also manifest differently across individuals.
Anxiety is very similar to fear but unlike fear which has an immediate and real cause, anxiety is futuristic and its cause could be unreal. Anxiety occurs usually as a result of underlying uncertainties about how a future event will turn out. It is that discomfort that arises before an examination, taking a business risk, cooking your first meal or having your first baby. Ordinarily, anxiety accompanies almost every meaningful and important activity one undertakes in life. Once an upcoming event requires some sort of preparation anxiety sets in, in other words, normal functioning usually involves a little or moderate level of anxiety. So without the anxiety generated by the possible failure in a forth coming examination or job interview, one would most likely not give the preparation for such events the required attention.
However, anxiety becomes a huge, harmful problem when it is severe and out of control. This is true because severe anxiety does not go away even when a person realizes that there is nothing to be afraid of or about. This kind of anxiety is a problem. Many people also suffer from it, knowingly or unknowingly. And like depression, anxiety also forms the background to many other mental illnesses. It usually accompanies or its accompanied by depression. Different things can contribute to the development of anxiety in a person. Things like the individual's biological make-up, psychological endowments (e.g. low self-esteem, inability to cope), social and cultural influences. While little anxiety would propel a person to maximum achievement, severe anxiety would lead to incapacitation or unproductive. Therefore, it is important for you to find out if you need help to deal with your anxiety level, or to find out if you are suffering any of the anxiety disorders. Some of the common symptoms of anxiety are:
·    Excessive worry, apprehensive expectation, that occurs more days than not for at least 6 months about a number of events or activities
·    Difficulty in controlling the feelings of worry
·    Restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge
·    Becoming weak quickly
·     finding it hard to concentrate on anything else
·     Being highly irritable
·    Feeling tense
·    Not being able to sleep as well as usual
·    Significantly distressed or impaired
·    Being anxious about everything and nothing in particular
Anxiety is common and also closely related to fear and panic, as such, it has been very much studied by psychologist, psychiatrist and other related professions. It has so many related disorders; some of which could be familiar, like generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and then the phobias. Each phobia refers to excessive panic reaction about something. It is important that we learn and realize that such reactions do not necessarily mean that the sufferer is possessed by one demon or the other. Rather, there could be a psychological explanation to such behavioural manifestations. Some phobias are: Acarophobia (insects, mites), Achluophobia (darkness, night), Acrophobia (heights), Agoraphobia (open spaces), Androphobia (Men and sex with men), Algophobia (pain), etc.

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