Stress is probably one of the most common words people use when they describe themselves as not feeling mentally well. This may vary between a temporary stress, such as a project that needs completing, or a much more longer lasting stress. Stress can occur at mild to severe levels. However, medically speaking there is no such diagnosis as ‘stress’.
Stress may be causing or may indeed be caused by a wide variety of underlying mental health conditions, for example, ranging from depression, alcohol abuse, schizophrenia and anxiety. To get to the underlying reason for stress and what kind of effect this is having on the person, a doctor with expertise in this area, usually a psychiatrist can be a great help.
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health conditions. Although everyone experiences anxiety when taking exams, for example. Anxiety becomes a mental health issue when it occurs almost all the time, or affects the social, professional and personal life of the affected individual. Anxiety is often associated with depression and many other mental health conditions.
Anxiety encompasses a wide range of possible diagnoses, for example, not liking crowded places, panic attacks, avoiding speaking in public, leaving the house only when necessary are examples of disorders that are on the anxiety spectrum. However, other problems are also related to anxiety, for example, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Eating Disorder, such as Anorexia Nervosa, Phobias and Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
Anxiety can be a very unpleasant condition. It can cause psychological anxiety and discomfort; however, anxiety often has physical effects. These effects can be symptoms such as nausea, racing heartbeat, breathing fast, feeling faint, feeling sweaty and clammy, amongst others. This can be very disabling and have a great effect on peoples’ working, personal and social lives. However, a specialist psychiatrist can help diagnose the exact cause and offer a variety of methods to help improve this condition. Often when the underlying cause has been treated the effects of improving the anxiety can be life changing.