Anxiety is defined as experiencing nervousness, unease or worry typically about an event or something with an uncertain outcome, a situation caused or characterised by worry and/or nervousness.
Everyone feels anxious from time to time; anxious about doing well at a meeting, achieving good grades at school, socialising or even going on a date.
Anxiety disorders are when these feelings becomes the norm which can cause considerable disruption and distress to everyday life.
Anxiety is often caused by a specific event that leads the person so anxious that they stop living their life to the full, often avoiding many situations.
Symptoms include nervousness, a racing heartbeat, clammy hands, dizziness, shortness of breath, a constant feeling that ‘something bad is going to happen’ and sometimes even trembling.
All these symptoms can become very difficult to live with. Anxiety gets in the way of a functioning daily life