Do I have anxiety or worry: What’s the difference?
Anxiety and worry are surprisingly not the same thing, and while they may relate to one another, they have very different meanings.
Anxiety is used to describe a spectrum of anxiety disorders that are typically only considered chronic if they cause a person persistent discomfort, as well as causing them to avoid anxiety-provoking situations.
Worry is just a component of anxiety, just like stress and fear are also components of anxiety. It is just a small part to the bigger picture.
- Anxiety is considered a condition when it is so persistent that it causes an individual to avoid anxiety-provoking scenarios.
- Worry is just a component of anxiety, just like fear and stress are components of it.
- Having a low-level of anxiety is typical, and it is usually not a cause of concern at this point.
“So, while worry is an important part of anxiety, it is only one of the three main building blocks.”