Is your anxiety so severe that it affects your daily life? An anxiety disorder occurs when someone’s fear or worries keeps them from participating in activities they love or living a normally functioning life. Nervousness before stressful activities or occasional worry is a normal part of life and can be healthy as it keeps us from making unwise decisions or getting into unsafe situations. However, if your fear consumes you, keeps you from performing normal activities or results in panic attacks you may have an anxiety disorder. Panic disorders accompanied by panic attacks can be so severe those diagnosed would rather stay at home than risk being in public or in an unsafe situation when an attack occurs.
Anxiety disorders affect as many as 4-10% of the population, but most are highly treatable! Learn more about the symptoms of anxiety disorders or panic disorders. Also find treatment methods and ways to cope with feelings of extreme anxiety as well as helping a loved one with a disorder.