Anxiety is the body and mind's natural reaction to threat or danger. Commonly referred to as the ‘Fight or Flight' response, the body releases hormones such as adrenaline, which in turn results in a number of physiological reactions occurring in the body. These emotions help us to survive by ensuring that we are alert and responsive to the danger.
In the appropriate situation high levels of anxiety - even panic - is considered normal and helpful if it prompts us to escape from danger. Anxiety in performance situations such as interviews and exams can help us perform to the best of our ability.
The problems arise when people's response (anxiety) is out of proportion to the actual danger of the situation, or that it is generated when there is no danger present.
Anxiety is something we all experience from time to time. However, when anxiety becomes excessive or debilitating then it is considered an Anxiety Disorder.
Over the last few decades there has been a dramatic improvement in our understanding of anxiety and how it can be treated.