Occasional stress and anxiety are normal parts of life. When individuals are re feeling pressure or worried about the future, it's natural to respond with anxiety. But an anxiety disorder elevates this to another level. Anxiety disorders occur when a person has persistent, excessive, intense fears and worries regarding day-to-day life. There are many different kinds of anxiety disorders, some of which only show symptoms in specific circumstances. An anxiety disorder causes panic and fear that interferes with daily functioning. Affected individuals might avoid certain situations and experiences out of fear, and they might also have trouble enjoying life because they're so consumed by stress and panic.
Several anxiety disorders manifest with panic attacks. These are brief periods of intense fear that cause similar sensations to a heart attack, but they don't tend to last longer than ten minutes. Generalized anxiety disorder involves a generally heightened sense of anxiety and catastrophe about all aspects of life. Social anxiety disorders are related to fear of social situations. Debilitating phobias are classified as anxiety disorders. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is also an anxiety disorder that causes panic when an individual doesn't follow through on their compulsions.