A certain amount of Stress is good for us. It keeps us alert, motivated and primed. Yet too much stress, or chronic stress can result in serious health conditions including anxiety, insomnia, muscle pain, high blood pressure and a weakened immune system. Research shows that stress can contribute to the development of major illnesses, such as depression, heart disease, and obesity.
According to Bupa’s Stress Survey:
44 people in 100 suffer from chronic (long term) stress with
28 people in 100 having felt like this for over a year, and
27 people in 100 feeling they are at breaking point.
Having some anxiety in life is a normal reaction to stress, but it can become a problem when levels are excessive. There are a number of anxiety disorders which can cause physical sensations such as nausea, headaches, dizziness, numbness, as well as psychological sensations such as nervousness, apprehension, fear, or panic.
These disorders affect how we feel and behave. Mild anxiety can be vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious impact on daily life.
Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest with feelings of severe despondency and dejection.
Depression can be described by how serious it is with mild depression having some impact on your daily life, moderate depression has a significant impact on your daily life, and severe depression making it almost impossible to get through daily life.
According to the Health & Social Care Information Centre:
1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.
2.6 people in 100 will suffer from depression.
4.7 people in 100 will suffer from anxiety.
9.7 people in 100 will suffer from mixed depression and anxiety.
In 2014, the UK saw 4998 men and 1583 women take their own life.
Those at highest risk of suicide are men aged between 45 and 59 years.
Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people aged 20-34 years.