A Human Quality
Anxiety is an innate quality of being a human being. From humans' early stone-age ancestors to modern humankind, anxiety is one of your most important defense mechanisms. Without it you would not be able to sense danger and protect yourself. Anxiety is a normal response to certain life situations; it's totally natural to feel anxious about losing your job or to worry when you learn a hurricane is headed your way.
Though anxiety has a negative connotation, it does have a positive side. It's important to understand that if anxiety was absent from the human condition, then absent too would be the passion, vitality, and zest that make life worth living. The key is to think of anxiety as your own energy and express it in meaningful, productive ways. How you view anxiety and learn from it makes all the difference. As the saying goes, “attitude is everything.”
Anxiety, like physical pain, tells you that something is wrong. It can spark the awareness and understanding that leads to solutions to make necessary life changes. Anxiety can encourage you to achieve your personal best, to attain goals, and to reach for your dreams, if you learn how to use it constructively. But if anxiety becomes painful, acute, and persistent and turns into a chronic condition that wreaks psychological, physiological, and behavioral havoc, it becomes impossible to function normally and enjoy life. When that happens, anxiety becomes a disorder.