Stressed? Or is it anxiety?

Stressed? Or is it anxiety?


The Marriage & Family Clinic

They can feel the same!

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, nearly 1 in 5 Americans suffer from an anxiety disorder while nearly 40% of Americans suffer from anxiety in general… and even though it is highly treatable, less than half of the people who have it seek treatment.

Anxiety is so commonly dismissed as stress and causes real effects on your emotional health and your relationship.

If you continually suffer from these 5 things, your stress may actually be anxiety:
Difficulty Concentrating
Continually Upset Stomach or headache
Hard Time Engaging With People
Easily Irritated

If you have noticed any of these and chalked it up to stress, try to work through them individually. If you are unable to find some relief, it may be time to call a professional counselor to help you work through your emotions and how to deal with your anxiety. 

If you think your stress – or anxiety – is a personal problem and isn’t hurting those around you, think again.

Check out the ways that anxiety can show up in marriage.

  • It can stop you from engaging with your spouse (you may avoid negative emotions by not revealing your feelings, opening up, or being vulnerable.)
  • Or you have become overly dependent on your spouse (you may be prone to overthinking, planning for all worst-case scenarios, being indecisive, fearing rejection, and seeking out constant communication)
  • It can lead you to avoid events or situations that your spouse wants to go to/do with you (but you don’t want to)
  • It can cause you to become fixated on only talking about certain things… which can drain your spouse
  • It can cause you to avoid any conversation that you are trying to control because it will trigger your anxiety. 
  • You may want your spouse to fix your anxiety and your worry… and then when they don’t, it may lead you to feel more detached from them (and them to feel more detached from you)

Do you recognize any of these behaviors in your relationship?
If yes, you may be suffering from anxiety. The best thing you can do for your health (and the health of your relationship) is to seek help from a professional.


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