"anxiety is one of the most common conditions among people. to be clear, occasional anxiety is a normal state of mind. however, chronic (long-term) anxiety can interfere with routine, day-to-day activities. it’s important to understand that people don’t feel that they can control their anxiety. indeed, chronic anxiety is a chemical imbalance in the brain; as such, there are pathways that are set within the brain that make it difficult to alleviate their own symptoms – although it is possible. with chronic anxiety, there is often a sense of guilt and hopelessness. to make matters more difficult, some people don’t understand the science behind the illness and could (often unintentionally) be judgmental and hurtful."