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How Common is Anxiety?

Everyone feels anxiety. It's a normal part of being human. Anxiety is your body's way of telling you that something might be wrong... that there might be a threat of some sort.

Without anxiety, we would put ourselves in all kinds of danger, because we wouldn't feel that 'trepidation' that anxiety naturally brings... crossing a busy road for example, would be very dangerous if we didn't feel anxious at all while waiting to cross.

When most people think of the term 'anxiety' however, it tends to be in relation to the kind of anxiety that gets in the way... the kind of anxiety that can prevent you from living your life, or at least having a detrimental effect on your life. It is then generally accepted as being an 'anxiety disorder'.

These type of anxiety tend to be categorized into five main categories:

It is estimated that at any given time, around 13% of the population will suffer from an anxiety disorder of one kind or another.

Anxiety can be broadly categorized into two groups, Reactive Anxiety, and Underlying Anxiety. These two categories are explained further on the Causes of Anxiety page.

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