Everyone worries to some degree about something in their lives. Oftentimes, people worry before confronting something challenging, such as a test or interview. These feelings are considered normal and justifiable. Anxiety is considered a problem when the worry is out of proportion to the actual likelihood or impact of the feared event.
Themes of worry may include health, finances, job responsibilities, safety of one's children or even being late for appointments. These feelings of worry and dread are accompanied by physical symptoms such as pain from muscle tension, headache, frequent urination, difficulty swallowing, "lump in the throat”, or an exaggerated startle response.