What is Anxiety?

Feeling anxious is the tenseness of edginess about something vague and/or general. This feeling is usually manageable and does not get in the way of one’s everyday functions, including work and social life. This emotion is normal, one that everyone experiences. 

What is Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety Disorder is characterized by excessive anxiety and worry, accompanied by one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Difficulty in concentration.

Anxiety disorder is hard to manage and often causes impairments to your everyday life, such as social, work, or academic life. This excessive worry, furthermore, is very difficult to control.

Anxiety vs. Anxiety Disorder

Feeling Anxious or Experiencing Anxiety

This is a manageable feeling that causes a person to feel uneasy for a vague reason. This feeling is usually manageable and does not cause impairments to their everyday life.

Anxiety Disorder

This disorder is characterized by excessive, uncontrollable worry that affects a person’s life negatively. Subject stress of the person feels excessive due to worrying. 


In order to be diagnosed with anxiety disorder, the symptoms listed above have to have occurred for the majority of days for 6 months, according to the DSM-V.