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Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure.

Anxiety is a feeling of unease from mental or emotional pressure

Depression is when you feel persistently down, sad and unhappy for weeks or months

Stress, Anxiety and Depression can affect how you feel, think, behave and how your body works.

Stress, Anxiety and Depression can be caused by a combination of factors, including:

  • Your body's biological processes
  • Your genetics (the genes you inherit from your parents)
  • Your environment
  • Your life experience


Stress, Anxiety and Depression can have psychological, physical and social symptoms:

Psychological symptoms can include:

  • Feeling worried or uneasy a lot of the time
  • Having difficulty sleeping, which makes you feel tired
  • Not being able to concentrate
  • Being irritable
  • Being extra alert
  • Feeling on edge or not being able to relax
  • Needing frequent reassurance from other people
  • Feeling tearful
  • Finding it difficult to make decisions
  • Not getting any enjoyment out of life
  • Having no motivation or interest in things
  • In severe cases having suicidal and or self-harming thoughts


Physical symptoms can include:

  • Muscle aches and tension
  • Headaches
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep (insomnia)
  • Drowsiness and tiredness
  • Feeling faint
  • Chest pains
  • Palpitations (an irregular heartbeat)
  • Pounding heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Breathing faster
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sweating
  • Stomach ache
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Frequent urinating
  • Painful or missed periods
  • Lack of energy or lack of interest in sex

* The contents of this condition is for information purposes only.