But how do you know when anxiety is a problem?
Anxiety is a problem when it interferes with your daily functioning.
Is anxiety inhibiting your life in any major way? Is it effecting your work, your family interactions, your level of freedom to do what you wish, your ability to focus, your happiness, your perspective, your confidence? Are your anxiety-related thoughts or behaviors time-consuming?
Although this requires evaluation, if anxiety is interfering with your life by inhibiting your daily functioning, you most likely have an anxiety disorder, such as Panic Disorder, OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), Phobia, Social Anxiety, Agoraphobia, etc..
When anxiety interferes with functioning, you most likely experience some degree of limited freedom. In other words, anxiety can shut down your life.
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