Anxiety and Stress(patient information)
Anxiety and Stress
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What are the symptoms of Anxiety and Stress?
When you are very stressed, you may notice:
- A faster heart rate
- Skipped heartbeats
- Rapid breathing
- Other symptoms include:
What causes Anxiety and Stress?
Many people have stress when they need to adapt or change.
- Starting a new job or school
- Moving to a new home
- Getting married
- Having a child
- Breaking up with someone
- An injury or illness to you, a friend, or a loved one is a common cause of stress. Feelings of stress and anxiety are common in people who feel depressed and sad.
These can include:
- Some inhaler medicines used to treat asthma
- Thyroid drugs
- Some diet pills
- Some cold remedies
- Caffeine, cocaine, alcohol, and tobacco products may also cause or make symptoms of stress or anxiety worse.
When to seek urgent medical care?
Reasons you may want to seek more help are:
- You have feelings of panic, such as dizziness, rapid breathing, or a racing heartbeat.
- You are unable to work or function at home or at your job.
- You have fears that you cannot control.
- You are having memories of a traumatic event.
- Do not stop taking any prescribed medicines without talking to your doctor.
- Start with eating a well-balanced, healthy diet as well as getting enough sleep and exercise, Also, limit caffeine and alcohol intake and don't use nicotine, cocaine, or other street drugs.
- Finding healthy, fun ways to cope with stress helps most people. You can learn and practice ways to help you relax. Find out about yoga, tai chi, or meditation.
- Take breaks from work. Make sure to balance fun activities with your job and family duties. Schedule some leisure time every day. Spend time with people you enjoy, including your family.
- Try learning to make things with your hands, playing an instrument, or listening to music.
- Think about what might be giving you stress. Keep a diary of what is going on when you have these feelings.
- Then, find someone you trust who will listen to you. Often just talking to a friend or loved one is all that you need to feel better. Most areas also have support groups and hotlines that can help.
Where to find medical care for Anxiety and Stress?