Anxiety is an emotion. It is an overwhelming emotion that is an unpleasant state of inner unrest, which can manifest itself with nervous behavior. Often oneself can get obsessed with ruminating over something that is not controllable or necessarily imminent. Unlike fear, anxiety is the unpleasant feelings of dread over anticipated events. The events are not real; however the overwhelming feelings are and will often keep us awake at night. The lack of sleep alone can add to our anxiety in the morning.
Anxiety is often accompanied by muscular tension, restlessness, fatigue and problems concentrating. Anxiety can sometimes be ok, but when experienced on an ongoing basis it may cause us to suffer from an anxiety disorder which may lead to a more serious depression.
People with anxiety may withdraw from situations which have caused anxiety in the past. Anxiety can be either a short term “state” or a long term “trait”. Anxiety disorders can be partly genetic but may also be due to drug use; including alcohol, caffeine, and benzodiazepines (which are often prescribed to treat anxiety), as well as withdrawal from drugs of abuse.
Common treatment options include lifestyle changes, medication recommendations, and several different options with proven therapeutic modalities.