What are some of the psychological illnesses that can result from stress
If you have a high level of stress and anxiety, then you are likely to suffer from panic attacks.
What are panics attacks? Well, you can liken it to a trip wire; the more stressed you are, the more anxiety you experience from day to day and the more tighter the trip wire becomes.
Then a sudden increase or surge in stress can “pull” on the tripwire, triggering a panic attack. You get it now?
Your mind is constantly monitoring your state to ascertain when you might need your fight-or-flight response. When it perceives that your situation is near potential life-threatening levels, it will provide you with the perfect state for survival- a panic attack.
Don’t get it wrong, however, as it doesn’t mean your situation is literally life threatening. It simply means the primitive part of your brain has decided it is either because your general levels of anxiety are so high, or because it spots a pattern in your environment similar enough to one where you have previously had a fight or flight response.
An analogy of a panic attack is that of a car alarm with increased stress. In such a car, the alarm becomes too sensitive. It can go off if something rocks the car, or someone brushes it as they walk by.
To stop panic attacks, we need to stacked the trip wire” or turn down the sensitivity on the car alarm.
Another physiological effect of stress is depression and the mistake most folks make is that they think depression is a state where people go to and come out again. This is totally wrong.
Depression is not something you can just snap out of. It is caused by an imbalance of brain chemicals, as a result of stress and like any serious medical condition, it needs to be treated.
Don’t go bothering yourself when you are told you have depression. Any one can have it. Basically this condition is physiological in nature because it changes how you think and feel and also affects your social behavior.
Although people always feel so sad at one time or another, it should not be mistaken for depression. Likewise is feeling tired from work or being discouraged when facing serious problems. These are feeling that usually pass within a few days or weeks when we adjust to the stress. But if these feelings linger, intensify and begin to interfere with work, school or family responsibilities, then it is depression.
Again depression can affect anyone and once identified can be successfully treated but the snag is it is not always diagnosed, because many of the symptoms mimic physical illness, like loss of appetite.
People who have low self esteem, who consistently view themselves and the world with permission, or who are overwhelmed by stress are more prone to depression.
When children grow up in a pessimistic environment in which discouragement is common and encouragement is rare, these children will eventually develop a vulnerability to depression.
When you feel depressed, and don’t know where to turn, talk to someone who can help … a physiologist.
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