Do You Have Stress or Anxiety Disorder?

· December 23, 2016
When we aren't able to solve the problems of stress or anxiety on our own, it's best to ask a professional to help us learn how to cope with these situations

These days there are many things that can worry us and any situation can get on our nerves. Maybe the tension you are feeling is only stress. No need to be alarmed if the uneasiness is brief.

But anxiety disorder can interrupt our daily routine through intense worrying and the obstacle it creates.

For example, going to work can be very frustrating if your job is demanding and your boss is very hard to please.

The Anxiety and Depression Associate of America (ADAA) defines general anxiety disorder as what people suffer when they experience worrying and high physiological response for more than six months.

It is very common for people with this disorder to show high stress levels constantly. Anxiety is provoked by erroneous interpretations and anticipated negative thoughts.

The complexity of these situations makes it difficult to find and diagnose, even for experts. To know if you have stress or anxiety disorder, you should analyze these factors:

1. Constant worrying

Getting organized before a graduation is normal: you need to find a dress, the right shoes and make sure you’ve finished all of your course requirements. It’s not just you, it will also happen for your child, a brother or sister, or anyone close to you.

Nevertheless, if you have been worrying about it for more than 6 months, you may be experiencing anxiety disorder. This is characterized by excessive worrying.

The first thing that doctors look at is if the person felt this way prior to the stressful situation and if the behavior persists afterwards. If this behavior does not persist and is short term, it’s probably not a case of anxiety disorder.

For example, if you are getting married and the planning is going well, you’ll probably only feel moments of stress. But if you’ve experienced these symptoms before, then it could mean an anxiety disorder that needs urgent attention.

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2. Negative conclusions

Do you tend to think of the worst outcomes? Do people say you are a negative person? Some may find you overly cautious, while others might say realistic.

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If these thoughts are extreme and persistent, then you have anxiety disorder. 

Figuring out the reality of the situation is not simple, but a good clue may bring in an outside opinion. You should start to worry if you always feel bad, expect the worst and are incapable of enjoying the moment when no one else shares this perspective.

People with anxiety disorder think they have so many defects that they are expendable. They are constantly let down by what they do and feel that they will always bring shame to their family.

If you are one of those people who bumps his or her head and then assumes that the next thing is a brain tumor, you have anxiety disorder.

This pattern of negative thinking is called catastrophic thoughtand is a deviation in thinking that leads one to think the world is getting progressively worse.

3. You are noticeably irritable

Do you feel restless, fatigued, irritable and find it hard to sleep or concentrate? These behaviors are associated with a series of both physical and mental health problems.

They form part of why anxiety disorder is difficult to diagnose. They are also why other people are distancing themselves from you.

Nevertheless, if some of these symptoms are so persistent that they interfere with your daily life, work or studies, it is a good time to get an expert opinion.

4. Feeling better is not compatible with your plans

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You know very well what you have to do and have clearly heard the advice and tips to relieve yourself from all types of stress.

You are aware that you have to follow a healthy diet and regularly exercise and that these are tricks to help relieve stress but you don’t make time to do this.

Maybe you are a very organized person but you must consider a fundamental factor: your priorities.

Your health must be the first, and taking time for yourself is much more important than anything else because it could save your life.

Do those things that make you feel happy:

  • Go out with friends
  • Spend time alone
  • Read
  • Exercise daily
  • Find new hobbies
  • Travel and get to know new places

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5. When it is out of your hands

If you have tried these techniques and you are still struggling with stress or anxiety disorder, it’s probably time to talk to a professional.

A cognitive behavioral specialist is ideal. The objective is finding new ways to think and how you should react during tough situations.

In any event, a general psychologist can help identify the problem and the best solution. If necessary, you will be recommended to a specialist if that is required to resolve the situation.