Helping Yourself

We can all go through difficult times. Clear information can help us cope and move our lives forward…

Here is information on common problems

Anxiety & Stress

Stress and anxiety are normal life experiences. It happens to everyone. It is a survival mechanism as it prepares us to cope with danger and stress. It isn’t really correct to say that any specific event or situation will make someone stressed. That is because people are all different in how they look at situations. For example, one person may be afraid of water and so not go swimming whereas another person may see it as an opportunity to have some fun. The experience of anxiety depends on how the individual looks at a particular situation rather than the situation itself.

Anxiety can affect a person physically as well as how he/she thinks and behaves. For example, physical effects can include trembling, muscle tension and feeling sick. When anxious a person can feel apprehensive, worried or on edge. This can lead the person to avoid some situations or even to run away.

Anxiety can become a problem when there is no real danger and it continues long after the stress is over. In response to prolonged stress, the body and brain chemistry change in a way that can result in numerous negative physical and mental responses. Research has shown that chronic stress can increase the risk of developing depression and other mental and physical health problems. For a person who has experienced psychosis, the experience of too much stress increases the possibility of a relapse. Increased stress can also make existing symptoms worse.

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