Difference Between Stress And Anxiety

Difference Between Stress And Anxiety
by Dr. Daniel Wurzelmann
What’s the difference between stress and anxiety?
There can be a lot of overlap between the term’s “stress” and “anxiety,” particularly in the way most people talk about them.
In general, “stress” often refers to physical, emotional, or mental strain, which is usually in response to some external source that someone is experiencing or has experienced.
“Anxiety” usually implies more worry, nervousness, or uneasiness, and usually is in reference to anticipation of a future threat.
Both terms can be found within the names of different diagnoses in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), which is the guidebook used for diagnosing mental disorders. Examples include generalized anxiety disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder.
How can you tell if your anxiety is passed the point of being normal?
Anxiety may be considered abnormal if it is:
Excessive – it causes significant distress or impairs functioning in areas of life (occupational, social, academic, etc.).
Persisting beyond developmentally appropriate periods (for example, a teenager having separation anxiety from parents).
Persistent, usually lasting 6 months or more.
What should you do if you think your anxiety is higher than normal/healthy?
It may be helpful to learn more about anxiety disorders and see if your experiences are consistent with common symptoms of anxiety disorders.
If so, seeking treatment may be beneficial. Therapy can be very helpful with managing many anxiety disorders, as can medication.
If you’re anxious about something, how can meds help?
There are several families of medications that are used to treat anxiety, and they can work in different ways. Medications help with reducing ruminations, obsessive thoughts, panic attacks, panic severity, phobias, and other aspects of anxiety.
Dr. Wurzelmann, who practices at MindPath Care Centers based in Durham, NC, is fascinated by the mind and how people think and act. He has always enjoyed trying to understand how people arrive at different places in life, and it brings him a lot of pleasure to help people feel better. Daniel knows that treating patients means more than only prescribing medication. When working with patients he considers the various biological, psychological and social factors that are contributing to a patient’s current state, working to understand how someone’s external environment and psychology are affecting their wellbeing while looking for ways to alleviate their difficulties. In addition to staying up-to-date on the latest peer-reviewed developments in psychiatry, Dr. Wurzelmann engages in a rigorous code of ethics surrounding his practice, such as refusing any free gifts or food from pharmaceutical, device or testing companies, in order to make sure that his decisions are based on his own expertise and evidence-based knowledge. Daniel is also clinically fluent in Spanish.

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