Anxiety is a persistent feeling of worry, fear or nervousness. Many people feel anxious at times, especially when faced with stressful events and changes to our lives, it’s a natural human response when we perceive that we are in danger. However if these continuous feelings of anxiety impact your ability to carry out life as normal, you could have an anxiety disorder.
In the UK, a little over 1 in 10 of us will be living with an anxiety disorder at any one time – That’s over 8 million people. But everyone’s experience of anxiety disorders is different. Not everyone who has an anxiety disorder will experience the same symptoms.
Anxiety might be becoming a problem if:
Your feelings of anxiousness last for a long time
The feelings of worry are out of proportion to the situation
You avoid situations which may cause you to feel anxious
You feel distressed and unable to control these feelings
You regularly experience symptoms of anxiety such as panic attacks
It’s becoming difficult to enjoy and live your life in the way you want to