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Stress Anxiety & Depression Help
Do you know that one in in seven people are suffering from stress or general anxiety disorder at any one time in the UK? And while some people can manage, there are more and more people that are showing signs of over-anxiety. More and more people are ‘stressed out’ do to anxiety.
Because being over anxious can lead to stress and even depression this can have a massive effect on your quality of life and well being.
I specialise in helping people with stress, anxiety or depression and just the normal emotional ups and downs of life. I use many techniques to get to the bottom of what is causing you to feel stressed, anxious or depressed. Getting to the root of the problem is so important to help you recover from depression and bring you relief from your stress and feelings of anxiety.
How can you tell if you are stressed? What are the symptoms of stress?
You may notice that your heart pounds, your breathing quickens, your muscles tense, and you start to sweat. This is sometimes known as the fight or flight response. https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fight_or_flight_response
Once the threat or difficulty passes, these physical effects usually fade. But if you’re constantly stressed, your body stays in a state of high alert and you may develop stress-related symptoms.
Stress can affect how you feel emotionally, mentally and physically, and also the way you behave.
Emotionally you may feel:
- “wound up”
- anxious or fearful
- lacking in self-esteem
Mentally you may find:
- Your thoughts are racing
- You have constant worrying
- That you are having difficulty in concentrating
- It is difficult to make decisions
Physically you can experience:
- Muscle tension or pain
- Dizziness, sleep problems
- Feeling tired all the time
- Eating too much or too little
The way you behave can change and you may find yourself:
- Drinking or smoking more
- Maybe snapping at people
- Avoiding things or people you are having problems with
Big life changes often create stress, even happy events
What causes stress?
There are lots of things that can cause stress like having a baby or planning a wedding. Maybe you are unhappy at work or you have just got too much to do. Sometimes feeling like you aren’t in control because of what is going on in your life can also cause stress.
So stress may be a result of:
- work – for example, unemployment, a high workload or retirement
- family – for example, divorce, relationship difficulties or being a carer
- housing – for example, moving house or problems with neighbours
- personal issues – for example, coping with a serious illness, bereavement or financial problems
It is important to tackle the causes of stress in your life if you can
Because avoiding problems rather than facing them can make things worse.
What is General Anxiety Disorder?
Anxiety is a feeling of unease, worry and fear. Everyone feels anxious at some point in their life, but for some people it can be an ongoing problem.
A little bit of anxiety can be helpful; for example, feeling anxious before an exam might make you more alert and improve your performance. But too much anxiety could make you tired and unable to concentrate. And when we are too anxious it starts to work against us. Extreme anxiety and constant worry can quickly affect our ability to pay attention and the way we go about our general day to day life.When we are anxious we can become aggravated by our emotions (such as anger, shame, guilt or sadness). These feelings mixing with fear is what makes up each person’s unique feelings of ‘anxiety’.
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterised by chronic worry about all sorts of life problems and circumstances. It will differ from normal worrying because of the intensity, frequency and worrying thoughts.
GAD is possibly the most common anxiety disorder, affecting 5-6% of the population.
How can I tell if I am suffering from Anxiety? What are the symptoms?
You may be….
- feeling worried or uneasy a lot of the time
- are having difficulty sleeping, which makes you feel tired
- not being able to concentrate
- a bit irritable
- extra alert
- feeling on edge or not being able to relax
- needing frequent reassurance from other people
- feeling tearful
When you’re feeling anxious or stressed, your body releases stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. These cause the physical symptoms of anxiety, such as an increased heart rate and increased sweating.
Physical anxiety symptoms can include:
- a pounding heartbeat
- breathing faster
- palpitations (an irregular heartbeat)
- feeling sick
- chest pains
- loss of appetite
- feeling faint
- needing the toilet more frequently
- “butterflies” in your tummy
Anxiety can also be a symptom of another condition, such as panic disorder (when you have panic attacks) or post-traumatic stress disorder, which is caused by frightening or distressing events.
Is anxiety bad for you?
A little anxiety is fine, but long-term anxiety may cause more serious health problems, such as high blood pressure (hypertension). And when you are anxious all the time you may also be more likely to develop infections. So if you’re feeling anxious all the time, or it’s affecting your day-to-day life, you may have an anxiety disorder or a panic disorder.
How can you tell if you are Depressed?
Difficult times and experiences can leave us in a low mood or cause depression.
This could be because of relationship problems, or the death of a loved one, maybe you have sleep problems because of stress and bullying at work or chronic illness and pain. Sometimes it’s possible to feel down without there being an obvious reason.
What’s the difference between low mood and depression
A general low mood can make you :
feeling anxious or panicky
have low self-esteem
But a low mood will tend to lift after a few days or weeks.
A low mood that doesn’t go away can be a sign of depression.
Symptoms of depression can include the following:
low mood lasting two weeks or more
not getting any enjoyment out of life
being tired and lacking energy
not being able to concentrate on everyday things like reading the paper or watching television
comfort eating or losing your appetite
sleeping more than usual or being unable to sleep
having suicidal thoughts or thoughts about harming yourself