Difference Between Stress and Anxiety

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Although the terms “stress” and “anxiety” are typically used interchangeably in everyday conversation, there is a difference. Stress, unlike anxiety, is a response to daily pressures. These pressures, in turn, cause adrenaline to be released, which then can lead to depression, raised blood pressure and other negative health side-effects.

Stress vs Anxiety

Anxiety is among the many adverse effects of stress; it is the process during which a person becomes scared and apprehensive of what lays ahead, and often manifests itself in physical problems like pain, dizziness and panic attacks.

Another difference between stress and anxiety is that, while stress is a response to a specific stressor, anxiety has no identifiable root. This is precisely why, while anxiety is considered a legitimate mental disorder, stress is not.

In order to be diagnosed with anxiety, symptoms must persist for a period of six months. This duration period prevents stress from being mistaken as anxiety. Stress typically goes away as the stressors disappear whilt anxiety, with no identifiable root cause, tends to stick around longer and be more difficult to treat.

Anyone who isn’t sure about whether they are suffering from stress or anxiety should contact their mental health specialist and get a proper diagnosis on the matter.

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