Is it Stress or is it Anxiety?

Everyone gets nervous or anxious from time to time—when speaking in public, for instance, or when going through financial difficulty. For some people, however, anxiety becomes so frequent, or so forceful, that it begins to take over their lives.

How can you tell if your everyday anxiety has crossed the line into a disorder? It's not easy. Anxiety comes in many different forms—such as panic attacks, phobia, and social anxiety to name but a few, with the distinction between an official diagnosis and "normal" anxiety isn't always clear.

Stress can be triggered by an event that makes you feel frustrated or nervous. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, or unease. Examples of normal stress and anxiety include worrying about finding a job, feeling nervous before a big test, or being embarrassed in certain social situations.

However, if stress and anxiety begin interfering with your daily life, it may indicate a more serious issue. If you are avoiding situations due to irrational fears, constantly worrying, or anxious about a traumatic event weeks after it happened, it may be time to seek help.

What can Stress or Anxiety feel like?

Stress and anxiety can produce both physical and psychological symptoms. Common physical symptoms include:

· stomach ache

· muscle tension

· headache

· rapid breathing

· fast heartbeat

· sweating

· shaking

· dizziness

· frequent urination

· diarrhea