The human body is an amazing machine, providing exactly what you need at the very moment that you need it. When you exercise, your body produces sweat to cool itself off. When you need energy, you feel hungry, leading you to eat and supply the needed energy. Likewise, anxiety is a normal aspect of the human condition; it is a reaction to stress. It helps you cope with tense situations or remain focused for long periods of time. It also alerts you to danger in the environment. But when anxiety becomes an extreme irrational dread of everyday situations and begins to interfere significantly with normal functioning, it is no longer assistive and adaptive, but has become a debilitating disorder.