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What is anxiety and is it the same thing as worrying?

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Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. Stressful events such as a test or a job interview can make anyone feel a bit anxious. And sometimes, a little bit of worrying is helpful if it motivates you to prep for an upcoming situation, like a job interview or a school test. But too much worrying is a real problem. It's harmful when it becomes so irrational that you can’t focus on reality or think clearly. It can even lead to physical symptoms.

From: How Worrying Affects the Body WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “Anxiety Disorders” and "Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)."

Anxiety Disorders Association of America: “Brief Overview of Anxiety Disorders.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Generalized Anxiety Disorder.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on August 10, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “Anxiety Disorders” and "Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)."

Anxiety Disorders Association of America: “Brief Overview of Anxiety Disorders.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Generalized Anxiety Disorder.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on August 10, 2017

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