What is anxiety disorder?
Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. This is normal. This is why anxiety is not a medical, biological, chemical, or genetic problem.
Anxiety turns into a ‘disorder’ – disruption to normal functioning – when anxiety and its sensations and symptoms interfere with a normal lifestyle.
It’s important to keep in mind that anxiety disorder should NOT be equated with a medical condition or serious mental illness (when there is a medical, biological, chemical, or genetic cause). Unfortunately, the term mental illness is used to refer to any problem caused by behaving in an abnormal way (what is considered to be outside of the ‘norm’). All of us have behaviors that fall outside of the norm, which is why all of us could be categorized as having some type of mental illness.
While you may have or have been diagnosed as having anxiety disorder, this means you have overly anxious behaviors (tendencies). It doesn’t mean you are somehow mentally deficient or have something medically, biologically, chemically, or genetically wrong.
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If anxiety disorder isn’t a medical, biological, chemical, or genetic problem, why does anxiety cause symptoms? That’s next.