Anxiety is a normal feeling that everyone experiences – a reaction that we have to stressful or unexpected events or situations. We are hard wired to have a “fight or flight” reaction. Even though we are not facing true survival situations every day, we still have the reaction to any situation that we believe is risky to our well being. Whether it is a shouting relative or a punitive boss, or a demanding teacher.
Some anxiety is normal, of course. However, sometimes it needs to be addressed with a qualified professional. How do you know when to talk to your doctor or a therapist? Ask yourself: