Stress & Anxiety (S & A)
Your mental health and wellbeing is most important to enable you to function in your day to day life. Stress and anxiety plays a part in all of our lives but depending on how you personally deal with it can make you seriously ill. In all cases the first port of call is your general practitioner. Your Doctor will be able to point you in the right direction towards the treatment that is most suitable for your illness and confirm that there is nothing more sinister that you are unaware of.
Your S & A may be a culmination of events leading you to a psychological breakdown or you may be experiencing a chemical imbalance in the brain or a mixture of the two. Either way with the proper diagnosis you will be able receive the correct treatment which will put you back on the road to recovery.
The UK National Health Service have a good calculator that may be viewed at https://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Mood-
There are many causes of S & A that if not treated can spiral out of control and may cause problems including loss of relationship, job, friends and can in some cases end in death.
Anxiety can have both psychological and physical symptoms. Psychological symptoms can include:
• feeling worried or uneasy a lot of the time
• having difficulty sleeping, which makes you feel tired
• not being able to concentrate
• being irritable
• being extra alert
• feeling on edge or not being able to relax
• needing frequent reassurance from other people
• feeling tearful
When you’re feeling anxious or stressed, your body releases stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. These cause the physical symptoms of anxiety, such as an increased heart rate and increased sweating.
Every human being is different and we all have our own coping methods in dealing with a bad day. Loneliness, sadness, emotional abuse, hormonal change, financial troubles, loss of self-
A little bit of anxiety can be helpful; for example, feeling anxious before an exam might make you more alert and improve your performance. But too much anxiety could make you tired and unable to concentrate and function properly.
Sometimes a mind re-