This Cheery Short Helpfully Illustrates Two Kinds of Anxiety

Fears from Nata Metlukh on Vimeo.

Fear and anxiety aren’t always bad things. Anxiety on its own can be a very sensible response to danger, part of your body’s natural defenses. But when it keeps you from enjoying safe, everyday experiences, it can be a problem — and that’s when it has the potential to be diagnosed as a disorder.

This animated short by Nata Metlukh illustrates the difference beautifully. As with the hapless fellow in the short, without any fears or anxiety, we’d be in a lot of trouble.

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