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What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal and natural emotion required to help deal with stress. It helps keep focus when working towards a deadline or study harder for an exam. However, when anxiety becomes an irrational, excessive and debilitating part of everyday life, a person must take steps to understand the disorder and its effects and take measures to ensure it does not encroach on living.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder or GAD is a mental disorder characterised by excessive and exaggerated worry and concern over ever day life events above and beyond the normal realms of anxiety. The fundamental quality of GAD is that often a person will show symptoms of anxiety including hyperventilation, crying, nausea and hot flushes for no obvious reason.

A person will continuously worry about relationships, financial matters, health and such like without consolation or relief. Anxiety disorder is marked by the dominance of concern and apprehension in a person's thought processes that influence their day to day activities.