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Whether you are an executive or not, stress is a normal party of everyday life. However, it is becoming the chief concern among executives as an unpredictable economy, pressure to succeed or maintain profitability, added responsibilities, among other things, are leading to an extremely stressful environment. A normal reaction to stress is Anxiety. It helps one deal with stressful situations in the corporate world or at home, work harder toward an upcoming deadline, keep focused on an important speech. In general, it helps people cope. However, when anxiety becomes excessive or causes dread of everyday situations, it can become a disabling Anxiety Disorder.




As you can see from the graph shown to the left, anxiety affects performance. As the level of anxiety increases, performance increases up to a maximum point, indicating that a certain level of anxiety is not only normal but necessary for optimal performance. Increasing Anxiety within this "Positive Region" increases performance until it hits the optimal level.

However, increasing anxiety beyond the optimal point reduces performance within the "Negative Region" and can bring it progressively down to point where one is unable to perform even to basic capacity.


Anxiety Disorders can not only interfere with a person's life through affecting one's performance in day-to-day activities, but they can also lead to Depression. There are five major types of Anxiety Disorders.
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder)

Accurate diagnosis is important because treatment varies from one anxiety disorder to another and because anxiety symptoms can be a result of other mental health disorders, which may require different treatment plans.


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