Physiology dictates that we experience stress when met with an unfavorable circumstance.
This is supposed to jump-start our survival instinct and help us react accordingly.
Anxiety is a kink in this system, where the increased psychological tension and uneasiness leads to an inability to function effectively.
It is the most common mental illness in the U.S. with over 40 million people estimated to suffer from the disorder.
It can present suddenly as an acute attack (with dizzy spells, headaches, nausea, heart palpitations) or can progress to a more chronic state where anxiety becomes a staple of daily life.