Our expert says:
Many disorders represent an exaggeration, a worse level of perfectly ordinary parts of our life. Everyone gets anxious at times ( only an idiot would not get anxious in some situations ) for instance - so the criterion we use is to consider whether the symptoms interfere with your home, relationship and work life.
So its not so much a matter of being Abnormal, as of being excessive and limiting your freedom to enjoy life as you want to.
And as you've noticed, we often start avoiding more and more situations in case they cause us to feel anxious, till the avoidance can become as big a problem as the anxiety
Fortunately, thsi condition responds really well to properly skilled treatment, especially by Cognitive-behaviour Therapy ( CBT ) an efficient and scientifically established form of counselling. The Depression/Anxiety Support group ( number on this page ) could help you to find a CBT therapist near you
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