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Stress, Anxiety, Panic Attacks

What exactly is stress? 


Stress is a word used to cover a large catalogue of words which include fear,

pressure, panic, conflict, anxiety, fatigue, burdens, strain, discord, unhappiness,

upset and tension. As well as there being different meanings for stress there are

also different types of stress for example pain is a physical stress, jealously is an

emotional stress and decision making a mental stress.


Stress is caused by any change, threat of change or possibility of change in our

environment, thoughts or our body. However, what is stressful to one is ‘a walk in

the park’ to another.


Stress is the reaction to the state of arousal the body manifests in response to a

perceived threat. The immediate reaction to stress may be sweating, tachycardia,

breathlessness, headaches, insomnia, diarrhoea etc. Over a longer period these

may develop into heart disease, skin disorders, addictions, peptic ulcers or

depression or even post traumatic stress disorder.


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What is Anxiety?


Anxiety can be distinguished from fear in several ways. When afraid, fear is directed at some specific object or situation. When you experience anxiety you often can't specify what it is you’re anxious about. The focus is more internal that external. You may be anxious of "losing control" or feel anxiety of something bad happening." Anxiety affects your whole body. It is a psychological, behavioural and psychological reaction all at once. A complete program of recovery from an anxiety disorder must intervene at all three levels to be effective. It can range in severity from a mere twinge of uneasiness to a full-blown panic attack marked by heart palpitations, disorientation and terror.

It is now estimated that one in five of the workforce is “very” or “extremely stressed”


According to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) absenteeism due to stress is now costing British businesses £12 billion per annum.  


At least 50% of premature deaths are as a direct result of lifestyle and stress

related illness.


In 1998 ninety million working days were lost as a result of absence as a result of stress (CBI figures)


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