Both stress and anxiety are normal components of our everyday lives. Stress is the result of frustration, anger, or anxiousness over a particular situation. Usually stress is caused by something we feel we have no control over. Anxiety is characterized by fear or apprehension, and in many cases, the cause may be unknown. If these feelings persist for more than six months however, a specific anxiety disorder is usually responsible. Both stress and anxiety are very personal experiences; what is stressful for one person may not be for another.
If you need help with anxiety or stress, please contact New Leaf Center or a therapist near you. While some degree of stress and anxiety is normal and even healthy in everyday life, any time your daily functioning is affected, it is time to seek outside help. With more than 19 million people feeling the affects of extreme stress and anxiety each year, it is imperative to take control of the situation as soon as you recognize the symptoms. Counseling can offer specific therapies and skills to help you ease the tension in your life and allow you to function in what is inevitably, a stressful world.