Title: what is anxiety Author: Mohammad A. Basaj

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What's ANXIETY? Many people could think that the term anxiety has the same meaning as fear or stress, but scientifically, each term has its own meaning. Before we look into the latest research, let's define these terms. Though we all have our own intuitive sense of what the words stress and fear mean, scientists have used these words in very specific ways. For them, stress is an external stimulus or effect that signals danger, that probably hurts, and then it would cause pain. Fear is the short-term response such stresses produce in men, women or lab rats, it is the reaction after being subjected to an external effect. Anxiety has a lot of the same symptoms as fear, but it's a feeling that lingers or lasts long after the stress has lifted and the threat has passed.

There are two types of anxiety, one that people experience in normal cases, for example when somebody tries to kill you using his gun, you will feel of fear, you will start sweating, and you will need some water and time to gather your strength again.

The other type is called Endogenous; it has an internal source, without any external effect. In both cases, this mental illness brings to people who suffer from it troubles and sadness.

Sometimes and because of anxiety, you may not sleep; you may wake up earlier than you are used to, you're wide awake, heart is beating fast. You may be worried about your kids or your aging parents, your health, or your sex life. People living with you, you feel them oblivious and not caring sometimes. It seems that they don't see the dangers.

So we ask here how is it that two people facing the same circumstances can react so differently? Why are some people...