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Stress, anxiety and depression

Stress, anxiety and depression are closely related; sometimes they’re just different manifestations of the same problem. All of them arise to some extent from a difficulty in dealing with the pressures and demands that we face in everyday life – and although they’re hard work at the time, it’s important to remember that nearly everyone has suffered from some form of stress-related incident in their lives.

  • Stress is your response to the reality of a situation when demands outstrip your supply of physical and mental resources and (very often) time.
    ‘My boyfriend and I seem to be drifting apart, but there’s never time to sit down and talk about it… I just don’t know what to do.’
  • Anxiety is the fear or apprehension you feel when you think something unpleasant is going to happen.
    ‘I’m worried my boyfriend’s seeing someone else and is going to leave… I have sleepless nights thinking about what would happen if he did.’
  • Depression is an overwhelming sense of negative thoughts about the past, present and future.
    ‘My boyfriend left me last week and he’s taken most of the stuff. I feel lonely and can’t stop crying. Life’s just not worth living anymore.’
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