Answers to Common Depression and Anxiety Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about depression and anxiety.

When does anxiety become a disorder?

Dr. Heather Markwell discusses when anxiety becomes a disorder. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

When does anxiety become a disorder?

Anxiety becomes a disorder when it starts to affect your ability to cope, or your ability to go through your normal activities of daily living, or interact with the world around you in an appropriate way. It also becomes a disorder if the symptoms of anxiety, although you're coping fairly well, are starting to cause you significant distress. There are a lot of really good treatment options for anxiety disorders, including medications and therapy. Please ask your doctor if these are getting out of control.


Not all anxiety is a disorder, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Anxiety disorders happen when excessive anxiety gets in the way of a person doing everyday activities, such as going to work, going to school, or even spending time with family and friends, according to the NIH.

Anxiety disorders are serious mental illnesses and need to be cared for as such, according to the NIH.

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Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Heather Markwell, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine