Anxiety, stress and anxiety, what differences?
What is stress ?
An appointment with your superior to talk premium, a date or a dead-line a little tight and you're stressed. It's normal. Stress is an ordinary physiological reaction of the body, which occurs when the brain does not feel up to it. It usually results in fast, shallow breathing, increased heart rate, and strong muscle tension. Indeed, when he is in stress, the brain is put in a state of hyper vigilance and will mobilize all the resources he has available to overcome the reason for his stress.
Theoretically punctual, however, stress can become chronic, common in a society that encourages performance. He will then exhaust the body and be responsible for fatigue, anger, depression and anxiety.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is, in a way, the ability to amplify or create one's own stress permanently. A kind of diffuse fear of a particular situation or environment. "Basically, you are only stressed if your symptoms of physical or psychic tension disappear away from worries (in the evening, on weekends, on vacation) .You are anxious if these symptoms persist even away from problems (we think again after -coup, we anticipate them ", describes Christophe André, Psychiatrist and psychotherapist, in the columns of Psychology magazine.
Mostly benign, it can become a real pathology: Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). This results in permanent anxiety about the future, a systematic fear of the unexpected. May be added insomnia, palpitations or irritability. In this specific and pathological case, it is advisable to consult a psychologist.
What is anxiety?
Unlike stress and anxiety, anxiety is linked to feelings rather than events. It results from an intense fear of an event that could occur or a situation perceived as a threat: fear of the unknown, fear of dying, vomiting or fear of falling into madness. And it is usually accompanied by physical and psychological symptoms: palpitations, tremors, breathing difficulties, tetany, social phobia, OCD, etc.
They can also manifest in the form of seizures. That? The anxiety of a situation perceived as threatening then becomes uncontrollable for the brain and for the body, which will try to defend itself, and who risks to use for this the great means, namely, palpitations, vertigo, cold sweats , fast and jerky breathing, feeling of suffocation ... Knowing that each "new attack" will come to feed the fear of "redo a crisis of anxiety" and thus promote it. Vicious circle, when you hold us.
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