A majority of people during their life sometimes experience stress and anxiety. Stress can be triggered by an event that makes you feel frustrated or nervous. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, or unease. Examples of normal stress and anxiety include worrying about finding a job, feeling nervous before a big test, or being embarrassed in certain social situations. Drugs that contain stimulants may exacerbate symptoms of stress and anxiety. Regular use of caffeine, cocaine, and alcohol can also make symptoms worse.
However, if stress and anxiety begin interfering with your daily life, it may indicate a more serious issue. If you are avoiding situations due to irrational fears, constantly worrying, or anxious about a traumatic event weeks after it happened, it may be time to seek help. For most people, stress and anxiety come and go. They usually occur after a particular stimulus, but then go away. Common stressors include:
– Starting a new school or job
– Having an illness or injury
– Having a friend or family member who is ill or injured
– Death of a family member or friend
– Getting married
– Having a baby
Drugs that contain stimulants may exacerbate symptoms of stress and anxiety.
Regular use of caffeine, cocaine, and alcohol can also make symptoms worse.