One of the most common complaints I hear in my practice is anxiety. That nagging feeling of unease and fear that might be directed towards something or someone, or might just be there for no obvious reason.
This feeling can be very debilitating, and the coping mechanisms range from staying at home, because the outside world seems too frightening and scary, to drinking alcohol or taking anti-anxiety drugs. These drugs can be helpful in the short term, but never treat the root cause of the problem. They mask the feeling but are never the answer. When the medication is stopped, the feeling of anxiety returns, often stronger than before.
When a client first comes in with anxiety, I ask how strong it is felt on a scale from 0 to 10, with 10 being a full blown panic attack and 0 meaning no anxiety. It is amazing how many people report living with a constant level of anxiety of about 7 to 8.