What Is An Anxiety Disorder?
Everyone is scared or anxious from time to time. Anxiety is a normal, healthy response to a real threat and makes you temporarily more vigilant. For example, during an overtaking maneuver or if you suddenly end up in bad weather. However, it can happen that this healthy fear becomes 'unhealthy' and you develop anxiety symptoms or even an anxiety disorder.
If you have an anxiety disorder, you are also afraid of situations that pose no immediate danger. For example, you panic when you have a conversation or you no longer dare to go out alone. Anxiety disorders are in all cases serious complaints that seriously affect the quality of life.
The complaints associated with anxiety disorders:
- Are disproportionate and almost always present
- Very different from ordinary emotions
- No longer have anything to do with a reaction to the environment
- Impede daily functioning