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Stress Vs Anxiety

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There is a fine line between stress and anxiety. Both are emotional responses, but stress is typically caused by external trigger. Trigger can be short - term, such as work deadline or fight with loved one or long - term, such as being unable to work, discrimination, or chronic illness. People under stress experience mental and physical symptoms, such as irritability, anger, fatigue, muscle pain, digestive troubles, and difficulty sleeping. Anxiety, on the other hand, is defined by persistent, excessive worries that do go away even in the absence of stressor. Anxiety leads to a nearly identical set of symptoms as stress: insomnia, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, muscle tension, and irritability. Both mild stress and mild anxiety respond well to similar coping mechanisms. Physical activity, nutritious and varied diet, and good sleep hygiene are good starting point, but there are other coping mechanisms available. If your stress or anxiety do not respond to these management techniques, or if you feel that either stress or anxiety are affecting your day - to - day functioning or mood, consider talking to a Mental Health professional who can help you understand what you are experiencing and provide you with additional coping tools. For example, psychologist can help determine whether you may have anxiety disorder. Anxiety Disorders differ from short - term feelings of anxiety in their severity and in how long they last: Anxiety typically persists for months and negatively affects mood and functioning. Some Anxiety Disorders, such as agoraphobia, may cause people to avoid enjoyable activities or make it difficult to keep a job. Anxiety disorders are common. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 19% of Americans over the age of 18 had anxiety disorder in the past year, and 31% of Americans will experience anxiety disorder during their lifetimes. One of the most common anxiety disorders is generalized anxiety disorder. To identify if someone has generalized anxiety disorder, clinicians will look for symptoms such as excessive, hard - to - control worry occurring most days over six months. Worry may jump from topic to topic. Generalize anxiety disorder is also accompanied by physical symptoms of anxiety. Another type of anxiety disorder is panic disorder, which is marked by sudden attacks of anxiety that may leave person sweating, dizzy, and gasping for air. Anxiety may also manifest in the form of specific phobias or as social anxiety, which is marked by pervasive fear of social situations. Anxiety Disorders can be treated with psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of two. One of the most widely used therapeutic approaches is cognitive behavioral therapy, which focuses on changing maladaptive thinking patterns related to anxiety. Another potential treatment is exposure therapy, which involves confronting anxiety triggers in a safe, controlled way in order to break the cycle of fear around trigger. For more on anxiety and treatments, see APAs Beyond Worry: How Psychologists Help with Anxiety Disorders. For advice on how to find a Mental Health professional, visit APAs Help Center.

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Differences between stress and anxiety

Stress vs. Anxiety

StressBoth Stress and AnxietyAnxiety
Generally is a response to an external cause, such as taking a big test or arguing with a friend. Goes away once the situation is resolved. Can be positive or negative. For example, it may inspire you to meet a deadline, or it may cause you to lose sleep.Both stress and anxiety can affect your mind and body. You may experience symptoms such as: Excessive worry Uneasiness Tension Headaches or body pain High blood pressure Loss of sleepGenerally is internal , meaning it's your reaction to stress. Usually involves a persistent feeling of apprehension or dread that doesn't go away, and that interferes with how you live your life. Is constant, even if there is no immediate threat.

Stress and anxiety are both part of the body's natural fight or flight response. When someone feels under threat, their body releases stress hormones. Stress hormones cause the heart to beat faster, resulting in more blood pumping into organs and limbs. This response allows a person to be ready to either fight or run away. They also breathe faster, and their blood pressure goes up. At the same time, people's senses becomes sharper, and their body releases nutrients into blood to ensure all parts have energy they need. This process happens really quickly, and experts call it stress. Anxiety is the body's response to that stress. Many people will recognize anxiety as a feeling of distress, unease, or dread that someone has before a significant event. It keeps them alert and aware. Fight or flight response can kick in when someone faces physical or emotional, real or perceived threat. While it can be useful, for some people, it can interfere with everyday life.

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Summary

Everyone experiences stress and anxiety at one time or another. The difference between them is that stress is a response to threat in a situation. Anxiety is a reaction to stress. Whether in good times or bad, most people say that stress interferes at least moderately with their lives. Chronic stress can affect your health, causing symptoms from headaches, high blood pressure, and chest pain to heart palpitations, skin rashes, and loss of sleep. But you can learn how to reduce the impact of stress and manage your symptoms. Physical activity is a proven way to reduce stress. Regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, and improve sleep and self - esteem. Other effective methods include mind - body practices of breathing exercises, yoga, and meditation. Relaxation techniques have been used to assist in the treatment of phobias, panic disorder, and depression, as well as providing relief for people in stressful situations. Find out more about complementary and alternative medicine. This fact sheet from the National Institute of Mental Health explains different types of stress, effect on your health, and how to manage it.


What is anxiety?

Remember how stress is a natural response to threat? Well, anxiety is the same thing except there is no threat. Anxiety in some ways is a response to false alarm, says Dr. Marques, describing a situation, for example, in which you show up at work and somebody gives you off look. You start to have all physiology of stress response because you telling yourself that your boss is upset with you, or that your job might be at risk. Blood is flowing, adrenaline is pumping, your body is in a state of fight or flight but there is no predator in the bushes.

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Symptoms

Stress: Emotional: Anxiety, fear, Irritability, anger, resentment, Loss of confidence Cognitive: Difficulty making decisions, confusion, repetitive thoughts Physical: Dry mouth, tremors, sweatiness, pounding or racing heartbeat, chest tightness, Difficulty breathing, Muscle tension, headache, dizziness Behavioral: Loss of Sleep, nervous habits including eating too much or too little, nail biting and drinking more coffee or alcohol than usual. Anxiety: Anxiety produces all of the symptoms seen under stress / chronic stress, but also panic attacks, which mimic heart attack symptoms, including chest pain, sweating, feeling faint, nausea, chills and breathing difficulties. They happen suddenly and peak within 10 minutes. Anxiety symptoms often interfere with school work, job performance and relationships.

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What to do/Treatment

Anxiety disorders are generally treated with psychotherapy, medication, or both. There are many ways to treat anxiety and people should work with their doctor to choose the treatment that is best for them. Psychotherapy or talk Therapy can help people with anxiety disorders. To be effective, psychotherapy must be directed at people's specific anxieties and tailored to his or her needs. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an example of one type of psychotherapy that can help people with anxiety disorders. It teaches people different ways of thinking, behaving, and reacting to anxiety - producing and fearful objects and situations. Cbt can also help people learn and practice social skills, which are vital for treating social anxiety disorder. Cognitive Therapy and exposure Therapy are two CBT methods that are often used together or by themselves, to treat social anxiety disorder. Cognitive Therapy focuses on identifying, challenging, and then neutralizing unhelpful or distorted thoughts underlying anxiety disorders. Exposure Therapy focuses on confronting fears underlying anxiety disorder to help people engage in activities they have been avoiding. Exposure Therapy is sometimes used along with relaxation exercises and / or imagery. Cbt can be conducted individually or with groups of people WHO have similar difficulties. Often, homework is assigned for participants to complete between sessions. Medication does not cure anxiety disorders but can help relieve symptoms. Medication for anxiety is prescribed by doctors, such as psychiatrists or primary care provider.S Some states also allow psychologists WHO have received specialized training to prescribe psychiatric medications. The most common classes of medications used to combat anxiety disorders are anti - anxiety drugs, antidepressants, and beta - blockers. Anti - Anxiety Medications can help reduce symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks, or extreme fear and worry. The most common anti - anxiety medications are called benzodiazepines. Although benzodiazepines are sometimes used as first - line treatments for generalized anxiety disorder, they have both benefits and drawbacks. Some benefits of benzodiazepines are that they are effective in relieving anxiety and take effect more quickly than antidepressant medications often prescribed for anxiety. Some drawbacks of benzodiazepines are that people can build up tolerance to them if they are taken over long periods of time and they may need higher and higher doses to get the same effect. Some people may even become dependent on them. To avoid these problems, doctors usually prescribe benzodiazepines for short periods of time, practice that is especially helpful for older adults, people WHO have substance abuse problems, and people WHO become dependent on medication easily. If people suddenly stop taking benzodiazepines, they may have withdrawal symptoms, or their anxiety may return. Therefore, benzodiazepines should taper off slowly. When you and your doctor have decided it is time to stop medication, doctor will help you slowly and safely decrease your dose. For long - term use, benzodiazepines are often considered second - line treatment for anxiety as well as as - need treatment for any distressing flare - ups of symptoms. Different type of anti - anxiety medication is buspirone.


Differences between stress and anxiety

Stress is a physical response to a situation. When the brain receives threatening signal, flood of chemicals overwhelms the rational, more evolved part of the brain, called the prefrontal cortex. Neurotransmitters, including dopamine and norepinephrine, activate the amygdala, more primitive part of the brain that evolved to prepare the body's fight or flight response in the face of, say, lion. Another biological process that arises is a combination of nerve and hormonal signals that cause your adrenal glands to release hormones, adrenaline and cortisol. Your heart beats faster and your breathing becomes shallower as your body gears up to react to situation; this makes it difficult to reflect with calmer emotion, measure logic, and impulse check that the prefrontal cortex offers. Millions of years ago, this intricate process saved our lives. Today, in the face of daily stressors, it threatens our collective mental health. This uniquely modern problem. In contemporary society, individuals are stressed for long periods of time, Mazure say. In this situation, stress no longer serves its initial biological function of alerting us; its function becomes corrupt when it is chronic or prolonged and you cannot turn it off. Constant exposure to stress can cause physical problems such as headaches, constipation, diarrhea, chest pain, insomnia, and grinding teeth. Leave unchecked, stress can increase persons risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. It is also thought to play a role in autoimmune disease, Mazure add. Stress has also been linked to a weakened immune system, causing people to be more susceptible to catching colds and other infections. Mazure offers tips for interrupting and reducing our stressduring pandemic and afterthat can be applied to everyday life. Prioritize exercise and balance your diet. By now this advice might seem wear out. But those two things are important really Mazure say. Altering your routine to include walking, running, biking, aerobics or yoga classes, and trying to bring more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into your daily diet are not small changes or easy ones, but they can reduce stress and improve the way you feel, she say. Establish routine. Studies have shown that predictability of routine can help fight out - of - control feelings that stress can cause. Reality is increasingly clear that this pandemic is unlikely to have rapid resolution, Mazure say. We need to build a personal structure or routine that is rewarding and that brings us a sense of control. Do things that have personal meaning for you. One of the central aspects of resilience is feeling that you have purpose in life, Mazure say. To ensure this, remind yourself what is important, remember your values, and value your relationships. Persistent stress that feels unmanageable can lead to anxiety and depression.

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Anxiety disorders defined

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America States that anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults. Anxiety disorders range from generalized anxiety and social anxiety to panic attacks and Specific Phobias. Obsessive - compulsive disorder and post - traumatic stress disorder were once considered Anxiety disorders but now they are listed under their categories in DSM - V. However, both of these disorders do portray signs and symptoms that are seen in many Anxiety disorders. One of the significant red flags that you may be struggling with anxiety disorder is inability to take care of yourself or your home. Unable to keep up with household chores, neglecting your exercise routine, forgetting to pay bills, are all red flags that your anxious thoughts and worries may be taking over your life to the point that you are unable to complete your daily tasks.

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Coping Tips, Prevention and Treatment

Some techniques to cope with stressful or fearful situations may include: recognizing feelings of worry and their physical effects on the body Thinking through situations and what specifically causes feelings of worry Talking about thoughts or feelings of worry Deep breathing Exercise ask yourself what might be causing your child to have heighten sense of fear. The COVID - 19 pandemic, for instance, is intensifying worry not only for adults but for children. Help your child understand that such situations, while unusual and perhaps threatening, can be handled with reasonable measures and precautions. Other more typical situations that may cause fear or panic for your child may include personal illness or illness or the death of a loved one, traumatic experiences such as motor vehicle accidents, domestic abuse or violence, performance challenges such as exams, larger school assignments or extracurricular events, such as major sports match. Still others may include horror movies, violent video games and gruesome images or videos. If you struggle with anxiety yourself, TALK with your doctor about how to handle stress in a healthy way. While there is a genetic component to anxiety and mood disorders, modeling coping mechanisms can HELP to offset even genetic predisposition. Showing your child that challenge may be difficult, but not usually cause for panic can be an incredible tool for developing child.


Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress

Stress is the feeling of being under abnormal pressure. This pressure can come from different aspects of your day to - day life. Such as increased workload, transitional period, arguments you have with your family or new and existing financial worries. You may find that it has a cumulative effect, with each stressor building on top of one another. During these situations, you may feel threatened or upset and your body might create a stress response. This can cause a variety of physical symptoms, change the way you behave, and lead you to experience more intense emotions. 5 stress affects us in a number of ways, both physically and emotionally and to varying intensities. 1 If you are experiencing these symptoms for a prolonged period, and feel they are affecting your everyday life or are making you feel unwell, you should speak to your GP. You can ask for information about support services and treatments available to you. Now, we would like to move on to a more detailed look at causes and effects of stress. In this section we will focus on the effects prolonged stress has on your body, behaviour and emotions, and look at key causes such as relationships, money, work, alcohol and drug use.

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