Feeling anxious on occasion is normal. Persistently feeling worried and scared is not. Anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and separation anxiety disorder can interfere with the ability to function at home, work, or school and severely diminish quality of life.

In addition to feelings of worry, anxiety disorders can cause symptoms such as reduced concentration, insomnia, avoidance of certain people or situations, fatigue, and a constant sense of impending danger. 

Anxiety disorder treatment can help patients recognize anxious thoughts and triggers so they can learn skills to cope with anxiety in healthy ways.