We all experience anxiety—worry, nervousness, and fear are normal parts of the human experience. Typically, the anxiety we experience in stressful situations is not incapacitating and passes once the situation is resolved.
But if it becomes unmanageable, disproportionate to the situation, or persistent after the source of the anxiety is removed, it could indicate a mental health condition.
An anxiety disorder is measured by the impact it has on an individual’s life. When anxiety starts to interfere with daily activities like work, school, and relationships, it is considered a disorder.