Anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful situations and can improve personal performance on a range of tasks. In fact, anxiety is a necessary warning signal of a dangerous or difficult situation. Without anxiety, there would be no way of anticipating and preparing for difficulties ahead.
In some cases, however, anxiety can become excessive and strong enough to interfere with daily living known as an Anxiety Disorder. Anxiety Disorders are quite common affecting approximately one in every five people. Anxiety is considered to be problematic if it becomes so severe, frequent, or longstanding that it hinders every day activities such as job performance, school, work or relationships. There are several different types of anxiety disorders. Examples include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Anxiety disorders are treatable and the vast majority of people can be helped with professional care. Getting help for anxiety as early as possible gives you the best chance for recovery.