The Anxiety Series, Part I, Long-Term Stress Can Lead To Anxiety, With Another Mental Health Issue Lurking In The Distance

The National Institute Of Mental Health (2020) provides information concerning traits associated with stress in, 5 Things You Should Know About Stress.

When unhealthy (long-term stress) is not reduced, it can lead to an anxiety disorder.  Bhatt (2019) provides a listing of these disorders, according to The Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5):

 

– Separation anxiety disorder

– Selective mutism

– Specific phobia

– Social anxiety disorder (social phobia)

– Panic disorder

– Agoraphobia

– Generalized anxiety disorder

– Substance/medication-induced anxiety disorder

– Anxiety disorder due to another medical condition

 

 

An effective method in reducing stress can found in,

VIDEO:  3 MINUTE STRESS MANAGEMENT – REDUCE STRESS WITH THIS SHORT ACTIVITY (Therapy In A Nutshell, 2020)

 

 

The preventative health care has to occur during the stress phase to stave off the potential health calamity by engaging in stress management techniques.

 

Some of the others are:

Artistry

– Painting

– Crocheting

– Photography

– Sewing

– Sculpting

Reading

Exercising

Listening To  Music

Construction (example, Habitat For The Humanity)

Volunteer Work

 

 

For people who believe their stress is Coronavirus related, Gutterman (2020) gives a presentation on useful ways in how to deal with stress in,

VIDEO:  6 WAYS TO COPE WITH CORONAVIRUS STRESS AND ANXIETY 

 

 

The calamity:

When anxiety symptoms are ignored, anxiety can lead to depression;

Long-term depression can lead to psychiatric medicine usage because brain chemicals became damaged;

Certain psychiatric medicine can lead to weight gain;

 

AND THEN

 

The weight gain can lead to metabolic syndrome:

– Cardiovascular issues;

– High blood pressure;

– Blood sugar (diabetes), and

– Cancer.

 

 

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References

Bhatt, N. V., M.D., MPH. (2019). Anxiety Disorders. Retrieved From https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/286227-overview

 

Gutterman, D., Ph.D. (2020).  6 Ways To Cope With Coronavirus Stress And Anxiety.  Retrieved From https://youtu.be/a5WgPKHxYFE

 

National Institute Of Mental Health.  (2020). 5 Things You Should Know About Stress.  Retrieved From https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/stress/index.shtml

 

Therapy In A Nutshell.  (2020). 3 Minute Stress Management  – Reduce Stress With This Short Activity.  Retrieved From https://youtu.be/grfXR6FAsI8

 

 

 

Stress Management Approaches

Everyone experiences stress from time to time, and will need to discover and practice effective stress management approaches for a healthy psychological condition.

As an aside, stress can lead to depression, and the longer depression lasts the better the opportunity for neurotransmitters becoming damaged, requiring an individual to obtain psychotropics from a mental health professional.

The following resources provide beneficial information in reducing/managing stress:

 

Articles

Mayo Clinic: Healthy Lifestyle – Stress Management – Stress Basics

MindTools.com: Albrecht’s Four Types of Stress – Managing Common Pressures

 

[Videos]

Stress Management Techniques

 

Relaxation Video for Stress Management

 

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