Anxiety and stress

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Both are closely related, but there are differences. As for its definition, the term stress was borrowed from physics and engineering and refers to the force applied to an object before it breaks. In this sense corresponds to a tension caused by specific situations that can be very demanding and stressful for the individual.

When we are stressed, we are experiencing an imbalance between the demands of a situation and the resources we have to face it, whether physical or emotional.

Stress is considered a pre-anxiety state, because when demand exceeds resources, our body gets exhausted and exhaustion sensitizes the nervous system, making us more likely to go into states of anxiety, anger or depression.

Anxiety, on the other hand, is the reaction of a sensitized and alert system. Although it can be a response to excessive stress, it does not depend on it. Thus an individual may have anxiety, but not necessarily have stress. However, it is a fact that people with anxiety disorders tend to be more susceptible to stress.

When anxiety gets out of control, can develop in different disorders. Very high levels of anxiety are linked to panic disorder, agoraphobia, social phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder and many other disorders.

It is important to note that both stress and anxiety are physiological reactions of the organism and are real (even related to the release of specific hormones), but are not diseases. Both are natural responses necessary for survival. The problem is when these responses are out of control, anxiety and stress become chronic and prevent us from carrying out everyday tasks.

Always remember these wise words of Marcus Aurelius “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.

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