Stress & Anxiety
Many of us use the terms stress and anxiety often interchangeably. Although stress and anxiety have a lot of similarities, they are actually two distinct conditions.
Stress, like Anxiety is simply your body’s response to situational or external stressors, such as work deadlines or troubled relationships. Stress occurs largely as a result of feeling overwhelmed by the demands of the situation.
Anxiety is a recurring and/or persisting condition that presents in many forms but is primarily characterized by feelings like being tense, worried, panicky, and fearful in situations that most others wouldn’t consider threatening.
Anxiety manifests differently across individuals. For instance some people are anxious when it comes to social situations, others have very specific phobias, such as a fear of flying. Still others suffer severe panic attacks, are perpetually anxious most days, throughout the day or suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Some of the most common anxiety disorders as follows:
- Panic disorder – consists of severe, sudden episodes of arousal that can include heart palpitations, excessive sweating, difficulty breathing, fear of fainting or having a heart attack, amongst other symptoms
- Anxiety due to a general medical condition – this type of anxiety disorder can be short- or long-term depending on the medical condition, more often heart conditions.
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) – anxiety symptoms occur in multiple environments and due to multiple objects or situations. The anxiety may not have a known cause.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) – is a more chronic anxiety disorder with obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours (or mental acts).
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – anxiety symptoms that occur after a trauma and are long-term in nature.
- Social phobia, also called social anxiety disorder – anxiety symptoms occur in social or performance situations and stem from the fear of being humiliated or embarrassed.
- Specific phobia (also known as a simple phobia) – anxiety symptoms occur around a specific object or situation which results in avoidance, for instance flying, driving over bridges.
We at Thrive Wellness & Mediation understand that Anxiety is uncomfortable and potentially overwhelming. If you would like to get help and work with Dr. Priyanka to address why you may be anxious, worried, stressed, give us a call or email us with your questions. We look forward to working with you to create and live your best life… free from the disabling impacts of anxiety!