Introduction Approximately 26.4 crore people globally [3.8 crore Indians] suffer from a diagnosable anxiety disorder. Of course, 100% of people experience anxiety on occasion. Anxiety is a feeling that something threatening or dire will come to pass at some point in the future. [As opposed to fear, which is a feeling that one gets when one is in the midst of something that is perceived as a threat.] Because the experience of anxiety is internal and personal, people sometimes have difficulty determining what it is that they are feeling, and what they can do about it. Is it a persistent imbalance of brain chemistry, or is it one’s reaction to great uncertainty in one’s future? Should one seek a psychiatrist, or will practices that curb the stress response, such as yoga, improve one’s state of mind while the future sorts itself out. This post will offer some insight into the differences between anxiety disorders and elevated anxiety. One common (but not ever-present) difference between those with anxiety disorders versus those experiencing elevated anxiety is that individuals with anxiety disorders often can’t identify a particular cause of their anxious feelings. The individual may experience  intense physical symptoms and overpowering emotional feelings […]
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