When Stress Is Unhealthy

It’s the middle of the night and you wake up in a cold sweat. Your heart is racing, and your mind frantically works to figure out what’s wrong. No, this isn’t a bad dream…you’re probably having a panic attack.

Panic attacks are more common than you might think, and people who struggle with it often don’t know what to do, or where to turn.

Severe stress may require professional help and sometimes, even medication.

But other types of stress can actually make us stronger. Everyone goes through times of trial and confusion, and anxiety is a natural response. A healthy dose of concern can often help us work through a problem, or motivate us to change.

The key is knowing when anxiety has gotten out of hand. If you find that anxiety or depression is interfering with your daily activities, it may be time to visit your GP or seek out a counsellor.

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