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For decades, Anxiety has been one of the most common complaints to Psychotherapists. If it persists over some time, Anxiety can interfere with work, relationships, and even our sleep. For some, if Anxiety reaches the stage of panic then it can be really disturbing.

The emotional basis for Anxiety is fear. Unlike fear, which relates primarily to the past, anxiety is a future-oriented emotion. So anxiety is basically fear of the future.

The physical manifestation of anxiety may be one of the most distressing features of the emotion. Generally, the symptoms include increased rate of breathing and heart rate, shaking, sweating, being light headed, tingling and numbness in the hands, feet, arms, and legs—even choking symptoms. Because of its physical manifestations, Anxiety is almost impossible to ignore. It can be even tougher to overcome on your own.

Everyone feels anxious now and then. It’s a normal emotion. Many people feel nervous when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. Anxiety disorders are different, though. They can cause such distress that it interferes with your ability to lead a normal life.

This type of disorder is a serious mental illness. For people who have one, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, and can be disabling. But with treatment, many people can manage those feelings and get back to a fulfilling life.