“Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”
—Arthur Somers Roche
Anxiety and Fear
While both are concerning and can be helped through psychotherapy, worry and anxiety disorders are very different. Typically, anxiety disorders include excessive fear and anxiety which impacts and affects daily living.
While fear can be a helpful emotion in the face of imminent threat, anxiety is often related to anticipated future threats. Sometimes the threat is not actually known but the fear response is experienced. This can result in hyper-vigilance, cautious or avoidant behaviors, and sometimes panic attacks.
Successfully working with anxiety often requires a mix of good strategies and and understanding of it's function. As such, distinguishing accurately the way anxiety is manifesting (generalized, social, obsessive, compulsive, or panic) is of particular importance.