Signs and Symptoms
Try these when you’re feeling anxious or stressed:
Tight Muscles – Anxiety will run tension through the body and impact different muscles. People feel the tightness in other areas. Some will feel it in their neck, jaw, chest, or the stomach. There is no specific area – wherever the brain sends the nerve signals.
The bottom line. Everyone experiences occasional bouts of anxiety and nervousness. Whether it’s the anticipation of a new job, nerves before meeting someone, or the uneasiness you feel when facing a potentially dangerous situation, anxiety is a normal reaction to stress.
In the short term, anxiety increases your breathing and heart rate, concentrating blood flow to your brain, where you need it. This very physical response is preparing you to face an intense situation. If it gets too intense, however, you might start to feel lightheaded and nauseous.
The groups of people who were most affected by anxiety disorders were women, adults under the age of 35, and people with other health conditions. Around 10.9 percent of adults with cardiovascular disease in Western countries also had generalized anxiety disorder.
Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed.
The four major causes of depression are:
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