Though anxiety is never a comfortable feeling, it can be a useful one. Nervousness and unease about a person, event or situation can provide information that helps keep you safe.
“Our bodies evolved to learn to be worried about threats,” says Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD, a Yale Medicine Child Study Center psychiatrists and director of the Yale Medicine Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Research Clinic. “It is adaptive to be alert and fearful of possible threats, up to a point."
Anxiety becomes a problem, however, when it interferes with living a normal life. "When anxiety becomes unmoored from real triggers or situations, and is more free-floating, or is out of proportion to the situation, it can become a clinical condition," says Dr. Pittenger. If you suffer from anxiety, our health professionals are well-equipped to help you.