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Anxiety And Stress. Understanding The Differences And Options.

Jun 5, 2008
Stress can be caused by any number of factors but most commonly a simple thought process that provokes a specific emotional response, such as sadness, fear or rage, in the individual is the cause for most of our day to day stress.

Whereas in the case of anxiety the specific cause may not always be so obvious which in itself then tends to exacerbate the anxious state because the person suffering from the anxiety doesn't know what is causing it. In general terms we can look at stress as being a more generic type of mental and emotional state of lesser intensity where the person experiencing the stress often has a reasonably good idea of the cause. In the case of anxiety there is a build up of mental and emotional stress usually in relation to a specific, though often unknown, cause.

Excessive emotional disturbances such as grief generalized worry and fear as well as physical conditions such as hypoglycemia, hypoadrenia and an overactive thyroid are just some physical conditions that can lead to increased levels of stress.

Effectively treating anxiety and stress means that the causative factors must be identified. Even though some of the factors that we have mentioned above will in most cases be present to some degree, every persons case will be different. This can be problematic when you attempt to treat yourself, but it is possible. One of the most useful techniques that can be used is to begin to take note of the particular circumstances that accompany your anxiety attacks or peak stress periods with a view to trying to identify factors that may be causing your stress and anxiety.

Once the cause of the stress and anxiety has been uncovered finding someone who you can talk to openly about your specific issue is often advised. Whether that person be a professional therapist, a support group or simply someone who you can talk things out with, finding someone to talk with and work out some solutions that are appropriate, and most importantly that you will follow through with, is often the best form of self help in these situations.

It goes without saying that anything you can do to remove stress from your life and maintain a healthy lifestyle will help any other treatment methods you choose to use. Exercise, appropriate nutritional support through a well balanced diet and possible nutritional supplementation and adequate sleep and just general downtime where you can rest and re-charge will definitely help you in your quest to not only become stress and anxiety free but also prevent recurrence of the problem in the future.

If you find that your levels of stress and anxiety get to the point where they are causing major physical symptoms such as chest pain, breathing constriction or palpitations along with thoughts of suicide please seek medical help immediately.
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