About Anxiety Disorders
The cause and degree of anxiety can be confusing, as we all struggle with being anxious at times. Unlike anxiety caused from everyday situations, anxiety disorders can be all-consuming and can last up to six months or longer if left untreated.
A clinical diagnosis means the anxiety can be severe and debilitating, unlike a common case of nerves. For example, individuals with anxiety disorders may worry constantly about their health for no real reason and may seek excessive medical reassurance or have “unreasonable” fears they cannot explain. Sometimes these individuals are called “a worry wart” or “overreacting” to a situation; however, the anxiety they are unable to turn off the anxiety they are experiencing.
Many people who have an anxiety disorder will also have a co-occurring diagnosis like depressive disorder or substance use disorder, as anxiety disorders are rarely the only diagnosis in a person’s mental health history.