On one hand, this is true. “Fear and anxiety are natural processes that are part of life,” says Joseph LeDoux, Ph.D., a neuroscientist and director of the Emotional Brain Institute at New York University. And they protect us and motivate us: “The student who doesn’t worry about an exam isn’t going to do well. You need a little bit of worry,” he says. But on the other hand, it’s a false comparison to the anxieties of someone with a disorder: Her worries are more intense, they interfere with her ability to perform her daily life chores, and they’re difficult to manage without help.