Is anxiety a character trait or a mental disorder? The answer to the question is ambiguous, and the boundary is where the person who feels anxious puts it. The diagnostic criteria is the subjective assessment of the person for his own condition and the growing need for help to cope.

If the feeling is:

  • irresistibly strong
  • occurs without a cause or the cause cannot be identified; remains unclear
  • happens very often or only in certain situations
  • As a result, a feeling of discomfort appears

then, most likely, we can talk about anxiety disorder.


The symptoms of anxiety are numerous:

  • easy irritability
  • worries
  • accelerated pulse
  • shortness of breath
  • fatigue
  • pain in different parts of the body without a physiological precondition
  • fears
  • problems with sleep, concentration and thinking
  • disturbance of the daily rhythm and activities


They manifest in certain situations or for long periods of time and this is transformed into a model that is transferred to all spheres of life. Specialists then place the diagnose Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Anxiety is often a concomitant condition that can be at the root of another disease and be ignored as a factor in its development or as a result of a severe post-fact physiological problem. Whatever the cause of anxiety, people rarely seek psychological help because the stigma of mental illness is widespread. Anxiety is often combined with symptoms of depression or other mental illnesses.

Generalized anxiety can be successfully treated not only by psychotherapy.

Sports, hobbies and any other type of relaxing activity that brings pleasure can positively affect anxiety.