Anxiety is a normal human emotion, one most of us have likely experienced at some point in our lives. Anxiety is a natural response to adverse life events, like job loss, financial troubles, moving home, and more. It’s your body’s way of warning you that something is wrong with your external situation, and that you need to take action. However, if your anxiety symptoms go beyond adverse life events, and you find yourself unable to cope in otherwise normal situations, you could be experiencing an anxiety disorder – especially if the symptoms and anxiety attacks start interfering with your life.
While anxiety disorders can take a heavy toll on your life, they can be managed with guidance from a medical professional. The first step is to recognize and understand your symptoms, determining whether you have an anxiety disorder or are simply going through a rough time. If you do have an anxiety disorder, you’ll likely experience one or more of the following symptoms, in which case we strongly suggest seeking help from a qualified therapist.