While the terms stress and anxiety are often used interchangeably, and while there’s some overlap in the symptoms, they actually don’t mean the same thing, says the Canadian Mental Health Association. Anxiety disorders affect nearly 5 per cent of the household population, while stress is much more common, according to an Ipsos poll finding. And the differences don’t stop there. Here’s how to tell one from the other.
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Same coin, different sides
What is stress?
What is anxiety?
Symptoms of stress
- Back pain
- Sleep issues
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Rapid heart rate
- Feeling of overwhelm
- Poor concentration and forgetfulness
- Low energy
Over the long term, stress can take a toll on the body, and is linked to depression, heart attacks, strokes, gastrointestinal issues, hypertension and obesity.