Anxiety is a feeling of discomfort, such as worry or fear, that may be mild or severe but that lasts over time.(1)
- If a transient fear is a normal reaction to a stressful situation (like taking an exam, a job interview…), anxiety is an excessive but transient reaction to a situation felt to be a threat (1).
- Anxiety disorders are different from transient fear and anxiety because they are excessive and persist over time, until they cause suffering in people with the disease (1).
- Overtime, when anxiety sets in, it creates such suffering that it permanently disrupts daily life. We speak of anxiety disorders (1).