Stress & Anxiety

Mental Health: Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

Having the blues, feeling anxious, losing interest in enjoyable activities, or getting stressed from time to time are all part of life. But it may be more serious when it continues for a long time or affects daily activities such as going to class or your social life.

Stress is the body’s response to any demand or pressure. These demands are called stressors. Your mental and physical health can be at risk when stressors in your life are constant.

A normal reaction to stress is what is known as anxiety. It helps you deal with a tense situation, study harder for an exam, or keep focused on an important speech. However, if the feelings are constant and affecting your daily life you may be experiencing severe anxiety, which can lead to a disorder.

What are Anxiety Disorders?

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It helps one deal with a tense situation in the office, study harder for an exam, and keep focused on an important speech. In general, it helps one cope. But when anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it has become a disabling disorder. More information on anxiety.

Five major types of anxiety disorders are:

Addiction

Addiction is a serious illness. Health, finances, relationships, and careers can be ruined. The abuse of drugs and alcohol is by far the leading cause of preventable illnesses and premature death in our society. The importance of substance abuse treatment cannot be overstated, and fortunately many effective treatments are available. The road to recovery, however, begins with recognition**

More on addiction (PDF)

**American Psychiatric Association (2007, March). Let’s Talk Facts About Substance Abuse and Addiction. Retrieved August 12, 2008, from http://healthyminds.org/factsheets/LTF-SAbuseAddict.pdf.