Stress and anxiety are both indigenous to human beings because life has its ups and downs. There is a misconception that stress and anxiety are one in the same. While they both create an uncomfortable feeling from the inside outside, stress is created from the pressure that is felt during life’s situations and anxiety is a negative side effect of stress.

The body and the mind react to stress when the balance in life is interrupted. A stressor such as important decision, a work conflict, or a family crisis can lead to the confrontation of stress. What is stressful for one person may not cause the same stressful result in another. Being pushed into the brink of stress releases adrenaline and other stress hormones in the brain that prepares the body to fight and can create negative symptoms in the body and the mind.

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Pupil dilation
  • Muscle tension
  • Palpitations
  • Rapid breathing
  • Unease
  • Worry
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Crying
  • Change in appetite

Anxiety is a symptom of stress that can be debilitating to those who experience it. Feelings of uneasiness and fear can be followed by a sense of impending doom. Knowing what causes these negative feelings is not always apparent which adds anguish to already adverse situation. Anxiety disorder makes a person panic when having to face stressors head on because anxiety is rooted in fear. Living with anxiety can keep a person from having a normal life due to it’s manifestation of problems.

  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Rapid breathing
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Avoidance
  • Worry
  • Poor concentration
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue

Stress is a normal part of life until it gets to a point that it takes over somebody’s life. Having a strategy in place to alleviate stress and anxiety is important when mental pressures creep in. Recognizing the triggers that disrupt a person’s life can limit stress and anxiety. There are methods that work to decrease stressors.

  • Meditating
  • Breathing Exercises
  • Eating Healthy
  • Water Consumption
  • Physical activity
  • Therapy
  • Medication

Medications that doctors prescribe for patients depends on the symptoms and what type of anxiety they have. Anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants are two categories that medication for anxiety fall under. Risks, side effects, and benefits are all considered when choosing the right medication based on the ailments that the stress and anxiety have caused. Medication can help with symptoms, but they need to be evaluated to decide what is best for the patient.


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