Anxiety is a mental and physical reaction to perceived threats. In small doses, anxiety is helpful. It protects us from danger, and focuses our attention on problems. But when anxiety is too severe, or occurs too frequently, it can become very exhausting.
Anxiety drives people to avoid the things that scare them. When a 'scary' thing is avoided, there is an immediate but short-lived sense of relief. However, the next time a similar threat arises, it feels even scarier. This creates a harmful cycle of avoidance, and worsening anxiety.
Following are some articles I have collected and displayed on a board at my clinic to help people understand and overcome anxiety in a better way: