Overstimulation of the body and mind causes stress and anxiety. When dealing with everyday duties, physical labor, a fast-paced work environment, toxic relationships, and financial and emotional demands that surpass a person’s capacity to cope or manage, stress tends to imitate the physical reactions of the body.
Anxiety is an emotional and mental response to the same types of stress. This isn’t to say that worry doesn’t cause physical manifestations. The mind and body are causally and reciprocally connected.
According to the findings of the American Psychological Association’s 2010 Stress in America study, approximately 75 percent of Americans say their stress levels are so high that they are unhealthy.
Anxiety and stress may emerge in several ways, with varying degrees of intensity. Physical symptoms aren’t always accompanied by concern in some people. Some individuals have high levels of anxiety but little or no physical symptoms. In certain cases, a person may experience a mix of stress and anxiety symptoms to variable degrees.
Stress Symptoms Include:
- Accelerated Heartbeat
- Perspiration Especially on The Palms
- Dry Mouth
- Upset Stomach
- Tense Muscles Which May Ache or Tremble
- Breathing Difficulties
Mental and Emotional Symptoms Accompany Stress as Well
- Lack Of Concentration
- Mental And Emotional Strain
Anxiety disorders are a set of mental conditions included under the word anxiety. Panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorders are the four categories of anxiety disorders defined by Web MD.
- Panic disorder: A person experiences feelings of fear and terror without warning and apparent cause with unpredictable frequency.
- Social anxiety disorder: A person experiences debilitating levels of worry in daily social interactions. They typically fear judgment or failure to meet expectations in these situations.
- Phobias: Phobias are specific fears of things, places, or situations, which exceed the level of simple nervousness. Common phobias include the fear of heights, spiders or other insects, and flying.
- Generalized anxiety disorder: This type of anxiety is characterized by ongoing levels of tension or fear with no specific focus.
Physical symptoms related with anxiety are comparable to those associated with stress and include:
- Dry Mouth
- Accelerated and/or Erratic Heart Rate
- Heavy Perspiration Localized to Hands and Feet
- Loss Of Balance and Equilibrium
- Cold Hands and/or Feet
- Fidgeting Or Other Restless Movements
- Tense Muscles
- Difficulty Breathing
While stress-related anxiety disorder may be caused by a variety of factors, it can also be triggered by other factors. Fear and emotion-controlling parts of the brain may not be properly regulated. The trouble with memory connected with intense emotions is shown in some anxiety disorders.
Anxiety’s Mental Symptoms Include:
- Uneasiness, Fear, and Panic
- Inability To Be Calm (High-Strung)
- Tingling Or Numbness in The Hands and/or Feet
If stress and anxiety are not controlled, they may become debilitating. If a person is experiencing one or more of the stress and anxiety symptoms on a regular basis, it is essential to seek the advice of a certified medical expert. If required, a trained doctor may suggest suitable clinical treatments and alternative remedies.