What is anxiety disorder?
Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. This is normal. Anxiety is said to become a disorder when it and its stress response consequences interfere with a normal lifestyle.
For example, normal anxiety becomes a disorder when we worry so much that we feel ill or have a panic attack that prevents us from engaging in normal activities. Or, when we worry so much that the body exhibits symptoms, which we become concerned about. Or, when we worry about our anxiety symptoms so much that it restricts our normal daily living.
These are just three examples of many, many ways behaving apprehensively and/or its stress response consequences can interfere with a normal lifestyle.
Therefore, Anxiety Disorder is a term psychologists and psychiatrists came up with to describe anxiety that interferes with the normal lifestyle. Keep in mind that this term should not be confused with a medical diagnosis as this term is merely used as a way of categorizing people who struggle with problematic anxiety.
Again, the term anxiety disorder should not be confused with a medical term as anxiety is not a medical condition, contrary to what some medical and mental health professionals claim.
For more information about anxiety disorder, see our anxiety disorder section.
Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated June 2016.