What is anxiety?
Anxiety is a feeling or group of feelings that may present as worry, insecurity, the inability to make a decision, unable to set boundaries, low self-esteem, or experiencing trust issues. People with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns.
Anxiety can cause you to question many of your own decisions, or prevent you from making decisions at all. You may always wonder if you're doing the right thing, therefore, you stop doing anything. On the days your anxiety isn't present, you feel as though you can conquer the world until the next day -- or next hour -- when that awful anxious feeling creeps in and knocks the wind out of you.
For others, anxiety can be more situational. Perhaps you turn red, start sweating profusely, or even begin to shake before taking a test, going to a medical appointment, speaking in public, or a variety of other instances. You might even think what you're experiencing is fear, but there is a difference. Fear is often caused by an external threat while anxiety is directly related to the unknown, or an internal conflict. If you've been told you're bad at math and you have to take a math test, it's likely you're going to be anxious. You're conflicted about your ability to do well.