/anx.i.e.ty/ |a ng ˈzī-itē|
Anxiety is defined as a feeling of uneasiness, nervousness, or worry usually about an impending event or something with an unpredictable result. An individual that is suffering from anxiety generally feels threatened and may feel that he/she cannot cope with his/her everyday life situations.
People experiencing extraordinary amounts of stress without receiving the help they need to overcome may be tempted to do so through self –medication with harmful substances, including alcohol and drugs. When risky and damaging self-medication is applied, young adults face the danger of developing poor coping skills, negative peer/family relationships, and further difficulties managing behavioral/mental health problems. These issues may persist through adolescence and into adulthood if not addressed, impacting the life of the youth as well as those involved in his/her support network.
Despite the fact that anxiety is a common human emotion, it can be incapacitating to a person who is unable to handle it in the right way. Anxiety is said to have spiraled into a disorder when an individual constantly feels anxious and cannot move past the unending stress that results from anxiety. This condition can be a miserable, terrifying disorder in the long-term. As well, Anxiety disorders can strongly impact the life of an individual if he/she fails to deal with it in a proper way. Because of this, a person suffering from anxiety needs to seek treatment early upon recognizing symptoms.