What are the differences between "anxiety" and an "anxiety disorder"?

An anxiety disorder. Is just anxiety that causes significant distress or dysfunction. It's a matter of degree and how you manage the anxiety. Almost everyone has anxiety at times. If it doesn't cause significant problems or interfere with your life, it's not a disorder.
Symantics. They are the same. When you say "anxiety disorder" that's more of an "official" diagnosis name.

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