ALAN Cohen has been a GP for over 20 years and is a Primary Health Advisor for the National Institute of Mental Health.
What is stress and what causes anxiety? In an NHS website video he gives expert information on what causes stress, Here is an excerpt of the transcript.
“Stress is how the body reacts to external pressures that we perceive to be difficult, uncomfortable. It creates both physical changes in the body, so sweating, or worry, or frustration, or anger....So common causes of stress are things like pressures at work, for example, pressures at home, pressures around money, pressures around employment, especially nowadays. These are all things that commonly cause symptoms of stress.
When stress becomes bad for you, the commonest sort of feelings that one gets inside oneself
is one of either anxiety and/or depression.
You feel unable to manage things, unable to think clearly, everything becomes an effort, you're slowed up, you can't think clearly, as well as feeling on edge, unable to concentrate, tearful,
a whole variety of these uncomfortable emotions.
Often these are associated with physical symptoms as well. So you might get headaches, tummy ache, back ache, and one can describe these as being linked to the mental health problem
because of the way the body works, it doesn't separate mind and body, We work together as a single unit. In the same way that the emotions get disturbed, so the way the body works gets disturbed...” (Source NHS website)