ANXIETY VS. WORRY
Most people feel fearful or worried from time to time, and this is completely normal. Worrying tells us when something might be wrong or that we need to be more careful in a particular situation. But these feelings usually have a specific cause, like needing to get to work on time, and are distinct from the symptoms of an anxiety disorder.
In contrast, anxiety disorders produce a persistent, disruptive and irrational sense of anxiety, fear and unease. People dealing with anxiety disorders may experience a wide range of symptoms that affect the body and the mind, including difficulty concentrating, restlessness, hyperventilation, and a rapid heart rate. Some people also have panic attacks, which are characterized by overwhelming fear or apprehension and physical symptoms such as sweating, shortness of breath, dizziness or dry mouth.
In many cases, individuals with an anxiety disorder can not pinpoint the source of their distress and may feel anxious regardless of the situation. This can interfere with normal functioning and severely impact their mental wellness. Unlike worry, which can be resolved by addressing the source of concern, anxiety isn’t as easy to fix. It often requires specialized treatment that helps patients cope with their symptoms and deal with negative emotions.