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Stress is the same thing as anxiety.

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Stress is the same thing as anxiety.

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Stress is the feeling you are under pressure. It’s the body’s physical, mental or emotional reaction to any change in your environment that requires an adjustment or response. Stress can be triggered by a positive or negative experience such as falling in love, losing a job or a bereavement. Anxiety is an emotional human response which ranges from nervousness or apprehension to worry and fear.

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The type of things that trigger stress are the same for everyone. 

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The type of things that trigger stress are the same for everyone. 

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Everyone reacts differently, so something that may cause major stress in one person may have little or no impact on another. For example, some people may stress over deadlines, while others view them as motivational. Symptoms of stress differ too and may include sweating, headaches, stomachache, sleep disruption, loss of appetite or difficulty concentrating.

Getting irritated or easily annoyed is a sign you are under stress.

Getting irritated or easily annoyed is a sign you are under stress.

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Stress causes a surge of hormones in your body - the so-called "fight or flight" response. They usually dissipate once the perceived threat or pressure is gone. If you’re under constant stress, the hormones stay in the body, triggering symptoms like losing your temper more easily, irritability, or acting unreasonably.

Losing weight is a symptom of stress. 

Losing weight is a symptom of stress. 

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A change in appetite that leads to weight loss – or weight gain – can be a symptom you are under too much stress. Other signs include becoming lethargic or less active, relationship problems, smoking or drinking too much and drug-taking.

Chronic stress can lead to depression. 

Chronic stress can lead to depression. 

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Long-term or chronic stress can lead to more serious health problems if it goes untreated. It can be caused by any ongoing pressure, from traumatic events, to long term relationship or money problems. It can contribute to major depressive disorder,  a type of intense depression that lasts for long periods and can prevent you from leading a normal life. Chronic stress has also been linked to physical illnesses including heart problems, sexual dysfunction, skin and hair problems, asthma and obesity.

Lowering your expectations may help stave off stress.

Lowering your expectations may help stave off stress.

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The Health and Safety Executive says around 9.9 million working days are lost each year to stress, depression or anxiety. If you are under too much stress at home or at work, try cutting yourself some slack by lowering your expectations just a bit. Accept that some events are beyond your control and prepare well for stressful challenges like a job interview or a presentation. Try to view these things as a challenge instead of a threat. Try regular exercise and eating and drinking healthily. If you are still stressed seek medical advice.

Anxiety is harmful and never helpful.

Anxiety is harmful and never helpful.

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While nervousness or fear sparked by anxiety are not exactly enjoyable emotions, they do serve a purpose. These emotions are part of the body’s way of coping with challenging or threatening circumstances, so mild anxiety can actually help you, by making you more alert and focused.  

Which of these are symptoms of an anxiety disorder?

Which of these are symptoms of an anxiety disorder?

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Anxiety is a normal human emotion but when symptoms like those above escalate, it may be an anxiety disorder. Each disorder has specific symptoms. Panic disorders cause sudden, uncontrollable feelings of terror, while obsessive compulsive disorders can lead to repeated, unwanted anxious thoughts that interfere with daily life.

Anxiety disorders are a common form of mental illness in the UK.

Anxiety disorders are a common form of mental illness in the UK.

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Anxiety disorders are thought to affect about 1 in 7 people in the UK at some time in their life. Common disorders include: panic disorder; obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD); post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); social anxiety disorder or social phobia; specific phobias (snakes,heights) and generalised anxiety disorder.

Men are more likely to have generalised anxiety disorder.

Men are more likely to have generalised anxiety disorder.

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Generalised anxiety disorder is estimated to affect up to 1 in every 20 people in the UK. Women are slightly more affected than men and the condition is most common between the ages of 35 and 59. The condition is long-term and the key symptom is excessive, unrealistic worry over everyday situations or issues, rather than over a specific event.

Which of these is a viable treatment for anxiety disorders?

Which of these is a viable treatment for anxiety disorders?

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Both of these options are used to treat anxiety disorders. They can be treated with medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two. Medication may include a type of antidepressant called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Psychotherapy may include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Most people gain substantial relief from their symptoms with appropriate treatment.

What can I do to help myself conquer anxiety?

What can I do to help myself conquer anxiety?

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Getting regular aerobic exercise, like walking or swimming, is a natural remedy for stress as it releases the mood-enhancing brain chemical, serotonin. Meditation, breathing exercises and yoga can also help you learn to relax and unwind. Finally lifestyle changes that may help include:

  • Reducing or avoiding caffeine, which can increase anxiety and disrupt sleep
  • Reducing or avoiding drinking alcohol, which has been shown to make feelings of anxiety worse

There are also support groups such as Mind or Anxiety Alliance that can help.

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