Anxiety Vs Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety 

  • Relaxation techniques actually work.
  • Can push you to be better.
  • Has a clear beginning, middle and end.
  • Triggered by a specific event.
  • An expected reaction to a difficult situation.

 

Anxiety Disorder

  • Initiates cognitive and physical symptoms (racing thoughts/palpitations)
  • Leads to safety behaviours (avoidance/controlling)
  • Feels never-ending and can go on for months.
  • Fear response is disproportionate, even for everyday activities.
  • An unexpected reaction, even for everyday activities.

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