Stress vs. Anxiety

“I am so stressed” is a sentence that all high schoolers say at least once in their high school years.

Stress and Anxiety are two very common, and well known, different conditions. They have similar features that make the two seem nearly the same. Everyone experiences stress, but not everyone experiences anxiety.

Stress is pressure that we feel from every day things. When someone has a lot of homework, they are stressed. When someone has deadlines and bills to pay in a short amount of time, they are stressed. Many teens feel stress every day because of things that are expected of them.

As people gets older, they have more responsibilities, and pressure put on them. Some causes of stress are homework, jobs, extracurricular activities, and much more. No individual can completely get rid of stress as a factor of their lives, but there are ways to take care of or reduce stress. Stress can be reduced as easily as taking naps to take a break, or finding supportive friends and family to help destress you.

Stress is sometimes confused with anxiety because both can make you feel worried, and fearful of the future.

Anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness, or nervousness about a certain outcome, that can make you worried for what lies ahead. The unique thing about Anxiety is that it is different for everyone. People can have everyday anxiety, about things that relate to everyday events- for example, speaking or eating in front of others, or going through financial or personal difficulty.

Anxiety is a self-diagnosed condition that can be treated through a health professional, or through medications prescribed your doctor. When you have anxiety, it is an anticipation to something that could happen. It is common for people ages 13-60, specifically for younger people in their teens and early twenties.

Anxiety can feel like uneasiness, and being worried about something simple, or something tragic, and not understanding why.

Another leading factor to anxiety is known as clinical depression, which more than 3 million people in the US are prone to dealing with each year. Depression is known as the constant feeling of sadness or loss of interest, and social distress.

Anxiety can lead to stress. If a student has a load of homework due, they can become anxious while they think of things that can happen if they do not finish.

Many students often face anxiety, but are not aware because of the similar symptoms that come along with stress. If a student has anxiety they can look for certain symptoms

  • Irritability
  • Constant worry
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Fatigue

It is important to talk to someone if you are stressed, or think you have anxiety. Both can be helped. If you are stressed, talking to someone about what is going on can help relieve some of that stress because that person can help you with anything that is going on.

Anxiety can be harder to explain, but you can still seek help. There are mental health professionals that come to Lebanon High School that you can see if you think you have anxiety. Talking about it can be difficult to bring up, but talking to a professional can help.


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