Anxiety is foremost an unpleasurable affective state marked by physical sensations signifying the possibility of imminent threat; it is an unconscious, inner state to be avoided. And while this unpleasantness may be difficult to discern and describe, anxiety itself is always sensed. It is not to be confused with fear, which is a state that is accompanied by real, recognized external danger. Some make a distinction between ‘free-floating’ anxiety, where anxiety is generally experienced and more specific or acute anxiety (e.g. panic).
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