Stress vs. anxiety: How to tell the difference

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Stress and anxiety have similar symptoms. However, stress tends to be short term and in response to a recognizable threat. Anxiety may linger and not have an easily identifiable trigger.

Both stress and anxiety are a natural part of the fight or flight response and the body’s reaction to danger. The purpose of this response is to ensure a person is alert, focused, and ready to deal with a threat.

Both stress and anxiety are normal, although they can sometimes overwhelm people.

This article explains the differences and similarities between stress and anxiety and looks at treatment and management strategies. It also outlines when someone might benefit from medical attention.


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