Anxiety is Incredibly common
Anxiety is one of the most common reasons to come to therapy. If you struggle with anxiety you are probably physically and mentally exhausted from feeling worried, frustrated, and afraid. Anxiety is the brain's very unhelpful cousin of healthy fear.
I've written a little about the 4 main types of anxiety here.
It is normal to be afraid in some situations. If you're being chased by a cheetah, you need fear to tell you to run fast. But... did you get chased by a cheetah today? Probably not.
Your brain doesn't know the difference between something that MIGHT happen (being afraid of getting in a car accident) and something that WILL actually happen (the car accident being on your actual agenda).
So, your brain, trying to help you, responds "RUN FROM THE CHEETAH!", by increasing your heart rate, releasing adrenaline, cortisol and other chemicals, all to help you respond. The result is often avoidance, anger, anxiety attacks, trouble sleeping, and fatigue.
Fortunately, this can get better. We can teach the brain to calm down. We have a variety of very effective tools to help soothe the brain and help it respond appropriately. We can use traditional methods such as, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as well as other methods, including Mindfulness training, Neurofeedback, EMDR, Hypnotherapy, and Sandtray Therapy.
Your brain doesn't know the difference between something that MIGHT happen... and something that WILL happen.