Five reasons anxiety and stress are not the same
Updated: Apr 26, 2019
There are plenty of misconceptions out there that surround what anxiety is and how people are supposed to deal with it. Additionally, there is also a lot of talk about how stress goes hand in hand with anxiety. That is to say, if you are experiencing anxiety, it is because of stress and vice versa. While it is understandable to think that the brain works this way, it is not actually accurate in any way at all. In fact, there are many differences between stress and anxiety that lead to them being identified and two entirely separate entities but mental health professionals. If you are someone who suffers from anxiety symptoms, it’s important that you understand what these differences are so that you can properly treat the symptoms of your anxiety. Continue reading below if you want to better understand the differences between anxiety and stress so that you can better understand yourself.
Anxiety is diagnosed
One of the main differences between anxiety and stress is that anxiety comes with a diagnosis. Stress is never diagnosed. Sure, your doctor may be able to tell you that you have symptoms that are related to stress. However, stress is not a mental illness or a medical condition at all, it’s a feeling of physical or emotional tension.
Anxiety is not a symptom that comes with stress
Some people think that they only get anxiety when things in their life are particularly stressful. This couldn’t be further from the truth. People who suffer from anxiety have entirely different symptoms than people who are stressed out and feel anxious as a result.
You can have anxiety without having stress
On that same note, many people do not know that you can have anxiety without any sort of stress triggers. In fact, you could lead your entire life without experiencing one stressful thing and you could still have anxiety.
You can be stress and not have anxiety
On the other side of the coin, you can absolutely be stressed out and not experience anxiety at all. A great example of this is anyone who has been diagnosed with a mental illness of some sort. They might feel anxious from time to time but they may not have anxiety per se.
Everyone experiences stress from time to time
While our previous example of you being able to go your entire life without experiencing stress might sound ideal, it is not realistic. Every single person on the planet experienced stress at one point or another. Alternatively, not every single person on the planet knows what it feels like to experience anxiety.
Always keep in mind...
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