What is anxiety

Anxiety is a mood which is usually characterized by the feeling of uneasiness, apprehension, or worry. Usually, anxiety does noes not involve a stimulus or trigger. The person with anxiety would just worry or feel uneasy for no identifiable or illogical reasons.

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Anxiety is distinguished from fear for the reason that the feeling of fear usually involves an identifiable trigger or a cause.  Anxiety on the hand is a result of threats which are perceived to be unavoidable or uncontrollable.

Anxiety also involves a number of physical symptoms which includes but are not limited to shortness of breath,  heart palpitations, nausea, chest pain,  stomach aches, or headaches.

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References:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/anxiety.html

http://mentalhealth.about.com/library/mlp/blanx.htm

http://www.socialanxietysupport.com/

Last Update:  January 16, 2007

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