Characterized by emotional, cognitive, and physical symptoms of anxiety that are overwhelming, disproportionate and disabling.
Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical responses related to the ‘fight or flight’ response. While unpleasant, anxiety is both a normal and adaptive response that creates a level of arousal and alertness to prepare and protect us from threat. When the emotional, cognitive, and physical symptoms of anxiety become overwhelming, disproportionate, and/or disabling relative to social, emotional, and academic functioning, criteria for an Anxiety Disorder is often met. While the common thread across all the Anxiety Disorders is excessive anxiety, fear, and avoidance, each differ from one another based on the type of objects or situations that induce the physiological, cognitive, and behavioral symptoms.