- you worry about things that normally would not cause much concern to most people;
- you continue to worry long after the problem has been solved/gone away;
- you worry about unlikely/unrealistic events, e.g. dying from cancer though you are healthy;
- it affects your work/daily life. Abnormal anxiety or excessive worry can make you ill, or worsen any illness you may already have.
September 23, 2011
It is normal to feel anxious when you are stressed or have problems. Normal anxiety is temporary, and its symptoms (e.g. worry, fast heartbeats, sweaty/shaky hands, headache/muscle tension) subside when you overcome the stress and solve the problem. But anxiety is abnormal if: