/anx.i.e.ty/ |a ng ˈzī-itē|
Anxiety is the feeling of worry, nervousness, or uneasiness, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. A person who suffers from anxiety feels threatened and experiences self-doubt in their ability to cope with daily life situations.
People who experience abnormal amounts of stress and do not receive necessary help may resort to self-medicating with substances such as drugs and alcohol. When harmful and destructive self-medication takes place, teens are at a significant risk of developing life-long, dangerous habits that may become fatal.
Although anxiety is a universal human emotion, it can be debilitating if not handled appropriately. Anxiety escalates to being a disorder when the person constantly feels anxious and cannot escape the constant stress that anxiety brings. This malady can be a terrifying and miserable disorder to live with. Furthermore, Anxiety disorders can destroy a person’s life if they are not properly treated. It is, for this reason, critical for individuals suffering from an anxiety disorder to seek treatment for this condition.