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Alternative Names Return to topAnxiety vs. stress
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The following are common questions about stress and anxiety.
What is the difference between feeling stressed and having an anxiety disorder?
Stress can come from any situation or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, nervous, or even anxious. What is stressful to one person is not necessarily stressful to another.
Anxiety is a feeling of apprehension or fear. You may not know the source of this uneasiness, which can add to the distress you feel.
Anxiety disorders are a group of psychiatric conditions that involve excessive anxiety. They include generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and social phobia. People with these disorders have symptoms every day or nearly every day that cause them to have difficulty with daily activities and relationships.
Does anger increase your risk of heart problems?
Adrenaline (sometimes called the "fight or flight" hormone) increases when you are angry or stressed.
High levels of adrenaline and similar stress hormones raise your blood pressure and cholesterol, both of which are risk factors for heart disease. Stress hormones can even damage your heart directly and make you more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors like smoking or overeating.
What can you do to help relieve stress?
Just like causes of stress differ from person to person, what relieves stress is not the same for everyone. In general, however, making certain lifestyle changes as well as finding healthy, enjoyable ways to cope with stress helps most people. For example: