Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. However, people with extreme anxiety frequently have intense, excessive and persistent worries and fears about everyday situations. Sometimes, increased anxiety involves repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks). Often, these feelings of anxiety and panic can interfere with daily activities, are difficult to control, are out of proportion to the actual danger and last a long time.
When to seek help from a counselor/therapist:
• You feel like you or your child is worrying too much and it’s interfering with your work/school, relationships or other parts of their life
• You or your child’s fear, worry, or anxiety is upsetting and difficult to control
• You think your or your child’s anxiety could be linked to a physical health problem
Anxiety can be treated, especially if you seek help at the beginning onset of symptoms.