The personal impact of Stress, Anxiety and Depression

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Stress

You should never underestimate the affect that stress can have on your body and your mind. The symptoms of large amounts of stress include tiredness, illness, and the inability to concentrate or think clearly. Sometimes, prolonged periods of stress can even cause a mental breakdown. If you suffer from extreme stress or are stressed for a long period of time, your body will eventually wear itself down.

But sometimes a small amount of stress can actually be good in that it can help you gather yourself and take action. For example, when you have an important task to perform, stress can kick in and motivate you to meet your goals. During times of crisis, stress can send you into “automatic pilot” mode where you are able to block out the chaos around you and react effectively in the situation.

Some common stress factors include academic demands; moving house; being on your own in a new environment, new responsibilities; a new job or promotion; changes in family relations and your social life; financial responsibilities, and of course, a global phenomenon such as COVID-19, where our way of life has changed completely and the future is uncertain.

Whether in school or employment, pulling an “all-nighter” can lead to stress-driven exhaustion the following day. Caffeine starts with a temporary energy boost and ends in a crash, which can leave you feeling worse than you did originally. Waiting until the very last minute to get something done which forces your body to run on adrenaline.

Some ways to manage stress relief would start with managing your time wisely and staying organized. Try to get some form of exercise daily and eat healthily. A very important consideration when you are going through a stressful time, get enough sleep, it may seem a simple answer, but its also works.

Anxiety

Anxiety becomes a disorder when your symptoms become chronic and interfere with you daily life and ability to function. While having an anxiety disorder can be disabling, preventing you from living the life you want, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health issues—and are highly treatable.

Anxiety symptoms may include; muscle tension, poor memory, fear or confusion, constant worry, upset stomach, shortness of breath or poor concentration

Depression

People who are already overwhelmed by stress may be especially prone to depression, which can affect your body, state of mind, thoughts and behavior. It’s a serious condition, not just a passing mood. Clinically depressed people aren’t able to simply “pull themselves together” and bounce back, but it thankfully this condition can be successfully treated. 80% of those who seek professional help are able to improve and regain their sense of self.

Depression be can caused by the use of drugs and alcohol, or by the withdrawal you experience when you stop these substances. The sooner you get help the better.

Depression can make you feel exhausted, worthless and hopeless. It’s important not to give in to negative thinking and remember that your symptoms will fade as treatment takes effect. Don’t hesitate to ask questions to find out more and understand your illness.

What can you do? – Treatment Works

It you think you might be depressed or suffering from stress or anxiety, you should discuss your concerns with a healthcare or mental health professional who can evaluate your concerns.

Our commitment to our clients remains the same; To deliver optimal mental health care with compassion, respect and support. To promote emotional well-being and encourage true life potential.

When you are ready, if you’d like to speak to someone, schedule your appointment here.   Or take the BCS Wellness Check-in, and we’ll get back to you with options!

 

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Nicoletta Pallotta, MD, LCSW
CEO & Founder