Stress is a term that is usually used to describe times in our lives that are difficult and challanging. Anxiety can occur in response to that stressful event. In this case, anxiety can be a natural and temporary response to a situation that is associated with feelings of fear.
When a person experiences anxiety in the absence of a stressful event, or if the Anxious response is out of proportion to the stressful event, and if the feelings of Anxiety continue for some months or years with no obvious cause, then that person may have an Anxiety disorder.
What some anxious people report is an awarness that their feelings of distress have continued for some time beyond any kind of stressful event. They find themselves wondering why they seem less able to cope with stress than other people. Some anxious people comment that while they feel anxious and worried much of the time, they can not find a logical cause. They say things like: “my life is pretty good but I find myself tortured by fears of what might happen”. While they can see that much of their worries never become a reality, they find themselves unable to stop worrying. They comment that the seem to “find things to worry about”. These worries can keep a person awake at night, and also destroy any possiblity of pleasure in the present moment. I hope this has helped.
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