Not all anxiety is the same. This checklist can help you determine what’s happening before you talk to your doctor.

Everyone gets anxious from time to time, like before a big job interview, finding out test results or buying a new house.

“Feeling anxious or worried is a part of everyday life,” says Jonathan S. Wong, PsyD, a clinical psychologist at Keck Medicine of USC and clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and the behavioral sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “It’s a normal human reaction to care about something important to us.”

But for nearly 13 million Americans who have panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), these feelings turn into extreme worry or fear — even when there’s no real cause for concern. Here’s how to tell the difference between the two.

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