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Stress and anxiety can seem like very similar issues. They’re certainly both negative and lead to tiredness, worry, distraction and irritability.
But there are some fundamental differences between stress and anxiety. And when you understand those differences, you’re better equipped to deal with both issues—and help anyone suffering around you, too.
Stress is a natural reaction to external triggers. It’s a response designed to energise you, to help you take action. Stress usually goes away once you solve the problem stressing you out.
Anxiety, however, is sustained. Anxiety has physical symptoms that stay with you, even after you tackle the underlying problems. It’s not always a direct response to something external—though stress is a common trigger.
Of course, any one of these in isolation could be a symptom of something else entirely. But if you’re experiencing high pressure at work or home, and begin to feel like some of these symptoms are kicking in, it might be time to visit your doctor.
Your doctor will ask questions about your work life and your home environment. This is purely to get a handle on what’s causing your stress, and how badly—remember, there’s a big difference between ‘signs’ and ‘symptoms’. Medically, a sign presents itself externally, and is visible to others—a symptom is something you feel, and you need to explain to your doctor.
A doctor can see a rash caused by stress, but can’t know about nausea unless you tell them. That’s the difference. So be certain to let them know everything.
As we can see, the difference between anxiety and stress isn’t always easy to spot. But if you feel worried, pressured or panicky even when your life is going well—that’s the time to seek help.
If you’d like to find out more information or depression or anxiety counselling on any of the topics mentioned in this article, please contact Health Assured on 0333 251 3208
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