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Stress and anxiety – bad combination!

Not only do stress and anxiety force people to go through roller coaster emotional rides from time to time, these also affect their productivity, their capacity to act as normal people, their relationships with others and their relationships with themselves.

Anxiety and stress, while being totally different conditions, can often overlap and manifest at the same time. Both of these are normal parts of everyone’s daily lives and to some extent, helpful in allowing us to respond better to situations. But, once these exceed the levels tolerable by the person affected by these, these become destructive to the point of negatively affecting the physical and mental health of that person.

Stress is essentially a component of the fight-or-flight response of each person. It allows us to respond very effectively to certain situations that call for quick responses. In so many ways, stress helps us to be more productive, to keep us from danger, and to stay motivated.

However, as many of us have already seen, too much stress is unhealthy. Too much stress or a very strong response to stress can be severely harmful to one’s well-being and mental health. A number of medical and psychological conditions have been directly linked to constant exposure to stress.

Anxiety, in small, tolerable quantities, could be very helpful as well. But again, once the anxiety levels go overboard, physical and mental symptoms may manifest as a result of the effect of constant and excessive anxiety on the person’s health. Anxiety occurs mostly in the mind of the patient, but as with stress, physical symptoms such as muscle twitching, trembling and tightening, headaches, difficulty swallowing, abdominal pain, and dry mouth may go with it. Other physical symptoms of higher levels of anxiety include difficulty breathing, irregular heart rate, irritability, diarrhea, loss of temper, sleeping difficulties, sexual problems, fatigue, and decreased concentration.

Combined, anxiety, and stress could result in psychiatric conditions. Conditions such as depression, specific phobias (specifically social phobias), generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

When stress and anxiety have gone too far…

It is normal to experience stress and anxiety from time to time. However, once these begin to take control of your life, and insanity for that matter, you must try to do something about it. Address your problems by first doing an inventory of the things that could possibly be causing you to be stressed out and excessively anxious. Then find someone, a trusted friend, a family member, a social worker, a psychiatrist, or a psychologist to whom you could talk. Sometimes, all it takes for you to cure the stress and anxiety that have come over you are a few hours talking with someone. A few advise that could help you cope with these.

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