Shawn Morgan, PhD, a behavioral health specialist with The Everett Clinic discusses severe anxiety. Normal anxiety comes and goes, it becomes a problem when it becomes long-lasting. Anxiety is evaluated by first getting a clear idea of what is happening and where. The next step will be to discuss various techniques and skills to deal with anxious thoughts. Understanding and paying attention to the thoughts and/or situations that are creating the anxiety is the first step is learning how to cope.