Anxiety and Stress Symptoms: A Comparison

In a moment we will see how the anxiety and stress symptoms are very similar. This is very evident if we look at anxiety physical symptoms and look at the same category of symptoms in stress.

Stress is seen by many as one of the causes of anxiety. Although we did note read this statement during our research, but I guess we will be safe if we said that among the most common anxiety causes is stress.

Therefore, we if we are able decipher the stress code through understanding its signs and symptoms we might be able to control anxiety or even prevent it. The logic goes as follows:

If we are living a stressful situation without knowing that it is stressing us, which is very normal and common as stress can creep into our lives without us noticing, the stress signs and symptoms can give us an early warning before it develops and later cause anxiety.

If we are able to notice the stress symptoms, then we will have the chance to work on controlling them and overcoming them. When we succeed doing that then we would prevent it from developing anxiety.

If we already suffer from anxiety, then – as some practitioners actually suggest – we can try and work on the stress symptoms which will significantly reduce anxiety.

Now let us look at the Stress symptoms first. Those symptoms have been divided into four groups as follows:

1- Cognitive Symptoms

– Memory problems
– Inability to concentrate
– Poor Judgment
– Seeing only the negative
– Anxious or racing thoughts
– Constant Worrying

2- Emotional Symptoms

– Moodiness
– Irritability or short temper
– Agitation, inability to relax
– Feeling overwhelmed
– Sense of loneliness and isolation
– Depression or general unhappiness

3- Physical Symptoms

– Aches and pains
– Diarrhea or constipation
– Nausea and/or dizziness
– Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
– Loss of sex drive
– Frequent colds

4- Behavioral Symptoms

– Eating more or less than usual
– Sleeping too much or too little
– Isolation from others
– Procrastination or neglecting responsibilities
– Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
– Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)

Now let us take a look at anxiety physical symptoms:

– Palpitations – Heart Beating Hard and/or Fast or Pounding
– Sweating – Perspiration
– Trembling or Shaking
– Shortness of Breath – Breathlessness – Difficulty Breathing
– Difficulty Swallowing
– Sharp Pains in the Chest or Chest Discomfort
– Abdominal Pain – Stomach Pain
– Nausea and Vomiting
– Dizziness – Lightheadedness – Faintness
– Hot or Cold Flashes

We will list here now just the stress physical symptoms for a comparison:

– Aches and pains
– Diarrhea or constipation
– Nausea and/or dizziness
– Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
– Loss of sex drive
– Frequent colds

We hope that you find this information useful, but we must stress the fact that no diagnosis should be self made and once you are in doubt you should seek professional consultation for a proper diagnosis before moving into any recovery plan.