Anxiety is ever-changing. It’s molded by everything we experience, and it’s natural to feel. As I was recently reminded, Anxiety is an emotion just like happiness, sadness, anger, jealousy, etc,. However, when does it stop being just an emotion?
As humans we control our emotions everyday; we contain our excitement, we swallow our pride, we rein in our anger, we breathe and let go of our anxiety, we conquer our fears. Some people though; can’t rein in their anger, they can’t conquer their fears, and anxiety grasps onto them so tightly they can hardly breathe. So is that a character flaw, or do they suffer from mental disorders?
Everybody has different opinions on this subject. Their lines are drawn in different places with varying consistencies, some have an opinion but their opinions have exceptions. Their line is dotted rather than hard and thick like others.
I believe that emotions aren’t supposed to get in the way of living. One panic attack could be a fluke especially if it’s brought on by an extreme stressor, but if multiple scenarios cause a panic attack it’s likely that it’s not just an emotion. If sadness is paralyzing you, and there hasn’t been a tragedy recently in your life, it may be more than sadness. You may be dealing with a mental disorder, at least that’s what I believe.
What do you believe? Where do you draw the line?