Anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful situations. In some cases however, it becomes excessive and can cause people to dread everyday situations. It could be persistent intrusive thoughts or obsessive compulsions to carry out specific behaviors.
There are two types of anxiety: a diffuse or persistent anxiety associated with no particular cause or mental concern, and a focused anxiety caused by a specific situation (e.g. panic attacks), or object (e.g. phobia). Therapy’s goal is to find the sources of anxiety and ways to cope with it in everyday life.