What is anxiety?

Anxiety occurs when thought patterns are disturbed in a variety of ways, including obsessive thinking, excessive worrying, experiencing fear of a specific thing or event, and stress that is out of proportion to the impact of the event.

Anxiety that is connected with a single stressful situation or event is normal and may even help you focus on a task or stop doing something that may be dangerous. However, an anxiety disorder is characterized by unproductive anxiety that is persistent, unconnected to a specific event, and impacts someone’s quality of life and ability to function normally.