Its normal to worry and feel tense or scared when under pressure or facing a stressful situation. Anxiety is the bodys natural response to danger, an automatic alarm that goes off when we feel threatened.
Although it may be unpleasant, anxiety isnt always a bad thing. In fact, anxiety can help us stay alert and focused, spur us to action, and motivate us to solve problems. But when anxiety is constant or overwhelming, when it interferes with your relationships and activitiesthats when youve crossed the line from normal anxiety into the territory of anxiety disorders.