How To Tell If Your Anxiety Is Normal

“If you worry that you worry too much, you are certainly not alone. Many people feel anxiety and than feel anxious about feeling anxious, wondering if they’re OK, if they’re healthy, if they’re normal. The answer to each of those questions is probably “Yes,” so, let’s try to put some of those worries to rest.”  This article, written by Art Markman, Ph.D. with the Huffington Post, posted on 8/16/2014, poses a great question. How can you tell if your anxiety is normal?


“Everyone worries at least some of the time. Whenever you are in a mode of trying to avoid something bad, stress and fear are a natural reaction.  So, then the question becomes: How much is too much?

That is where we take a page from the “serenity prayer” that is credited to the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. In its most popular form, it reads:

“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

The beauty of this simple adage is that it gives you a good formula for thinking about whether you are having too much anxiety.”

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