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If you think of animals and their natural stress response ‘fight or flight’ – it can be life-saving!2
However, chronic stress can cause both physical and mental harm.2
Types of stressBack to top
Stress can fall into different categories, these are:
- Routine stress related to the pressures of work, family, and other daily responsibilities.2
- Sudden stress brought about by a new or negative change, such as losing a job, divorce, or illness.2
- Adjustment disorder is failure to adapt to a stressor that causes significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.4
- Traumatic stress, which happens when in danger of being seriously hurt or killed. This type of stress can cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)2
Stress and healthBack to top
Keeping the body in a ‘high alert’ stressed state over a long period of time puts a person at risk for health problems, including:1
- high blood pressure
- heart disease
- depression or anxiety
- acne or eczema
- menstrual problems
More about Adjustment DisorderBack to top
Coping with stressBack to top
Here are some tips to cope with stress:5
- Recognise the signs of your body’s response to stress, such as difficulty sleeping, being easily angered, feeling depressed, and having low energy.
- Talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Effective treatments can help if your stress is affecting your relationships or ability to function at work or at school.
- Get regular exercise. Just 30 minutes per day of walking can help boost your mood and improve your health.
- Try a relaxing activity. Try meditation, muscle relaxation, or breathing exercises.
- Set goals and priorities. Learn to say “no” to new tasks if you start to feel like you’re taking on too much.
- Stay connected. You are not alone. Keep in touch with people who can provide emotional support and practical help.
ANXIETYBack to top
What is anxiety?
Stress and anxiety can be inter-linked.1
Anxiety is stress that continues after the initial stress-factor has gone.1
As with stress, occasional anxiety is normal and not harmful.6
Anxiety can become a disorder if a person feels extremely worried or nervous when there is little or no reason to feel that way.6
How can you tell if you suffer from generalised anxiety disorder?
Typical signs and symptoms can develop slowly over time.6
• feel restless with excessive worrying
• have a hard time concentrating
• feel easily tired
• have headaches, stomach aches or unexplained pains
• tremble or twitch
• be irritable or feel on edge
• sweat a lot or feel light-headed
What causes generalised anxiety disorder?Back to top
Treating anxiety / what can YOU do?Back to top
MedicationBack to top
Benzodiazepines – these are sedative medications, used to manage GAD. These medications are effective in rapidly decreasing anxiety, but they can cause tolerance and dependence if you use them continuously.6
Non-benzodiazepine medicines – these are anti-anxiety medicines that do not cause the dependance or cognitive impairment/sedation of the benzodiazepines.3,4 They can be used as an alternative to benzodiazepines for short periods at a time, to help in times of high stress or anxiety, without any addiction problems.3,7
When to seek helpBack to top
- MedlinePlus. Stress and your health [Online; 06 November 2019] Available at: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003211.htm Last accessed
- MedlinePlus. Stress [Online; 19 November 2019] Available at: https://medlineplus.gov/stress.html Last accessed December 2019.
- Stein DJ. Etifoxine Versus Alprazolam for the Treatment of Adjustment Disorder with Anxiety: a Randomized Controlled Trial. Adv Ther 2015;32:57–68.
- Nuss P, Ferreri F, Bourin M, et al. An update on the anxiolytic and neuroprotective properties of etifoxine: from brain GABA modulation to a whole-body mode of action. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment 2019;15:1781–1795.
- National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). 5 Things You Should Know About Stress. Available at: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/ publications/stress/index.shtml Last accessed December 2019.
- National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Generalized Anxiety Disorder: When Worry Gets Out of Control [Online; 2016] Available at: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/generalized-anxiety-disorder-gad/index.shtml Last accessed December 2019.
- Reference available on request.
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WHAT IS GAD? A sufferer typically: Experiences relentless and exaggerated anxiety in the absence of valid concerns, which can be debilitating Is prone to always expect the worst Blows things out of proportion Grapples with all-consuming fear and dread to the point of it interfering with their ability to live a normal life