Everyone will experience anxiety at some point in their lives and this is entirely normal.
For example, the anticipation of a job interview or money worries.
When it becomes difficult to control these thoughts or worries, the anxiety can become a constant it negatively affects a person’s daily life.
The conundrum here is in fact that the brain thinks it’s helping you deal with a threatening situation. It reminds you of the thing you fear or worry about whilst providing adrenaline and cortisol to help you deal with the threat. This is a primordial human response which served us well as humans for many hundreds of thousands of years! However, in modern day society these threats look very different to ancient times – no longer are we escaping from Wild animals, but we are trying to gather that promotion, deal with a difficult relationship or overcome a trauma. As such the brains response is extreme, the best way for us to deal with problems of our modern-day society is to think them through rationally. This is difficult once anxiety levels are raised.