Stress and Anxiety, why are they so common nowadays?

Stress and Anxiety, why are they so common nowadays?
Stress and Anxiety, why are they so common nowadays?

Stress and Anxiety are two terms widely used today but they represent different pictures.

Both, however, often feedback,and the presence of one triggering the other and vice versa.

The Stress, from the psychological point of view, has to do with a response of a certain tension or effort in the face of change. It is he althy in its proper measure, or as some authors call it, there is a type of stress considered “good”, which implies what is necessary for adaptation to changes in life.


Living without the presence of stress would imply a position of extreme comfort, and zero development and change: a continuous prolongation of the same state.

However, what is most observed today is an excessive or harmful presence of the so-called Stress. This is mainly due to the demands of today's society.

The need for compliance with the external demands, or the presence of a event determined that leaves the subject with scarce or insufficient resources to deal with it, produces, sustained over time, the development of a state of chronic stress, which considerably affects he alth, and can cause a large number of psychological problems and psychosomatic illnesses.

The state of defenselessness in which the subject is going through a period of acute stress is the key to its understanding. In this circumstance, the subject considers thatthere is not much he can do to resolve the situation or cope with the change that has occurred

This is in many cases related to the superego instance, which is in itself the psychic instance that demands more and more compliance from the Ego, not allowing it make a mistake, give in or relax.

The contemporary society functions many times as reinforcement of this superego entity, since it demands of the subject constant renunciation and requirement in order to achieve success and surpass oneself.

The demands it imposes on us are many: from fashion, ethical and professional duty, economic power, personal development and how our social ties and even our emotions should be.

The pressure required by these mandates make the tendency to develop stress more complex.

The anxiety, on the other hand, implies a physiological response to a stimulus that can be internal or external, considered threatening. This threat is subjective and varies from person to person.

Anxiety also has a broad spectrum of manifestation, initially being milder symptoms andincreasing in some cases until manifesting what is so frequently called today a Panic Attack.

In the same way, today's society helps to increase anxiety.

Firstly, because of the demands of social mandates, and secondly, among others, because of the lack of symbolization that we find so frequently today, where many times the word and the communication of emotions, lose weight, preventing a certain accumulation of energy from being discharged through a he althier route.

The technological development, although it helps us in many daily issues and it is correct to take advantage of it, it also promotes the development of anxiety.

The speed, the loss of the ability to wait and of sustaining the processes necessary to achieve this or that achievement, collaborate with this development of anxiety that often implies such an accelerated flow of thoughts that overwhelms the possibility of action.

After all, anxiety, anguish, fear, are strongly connected to each other. They are related, once again, to a certain position of defenselessness of the subject in the face of circumstances.

Beyond the fact that these terms are used almost massively today, it is important to bear in mind that in each particular subject they have a different background.

Although the symptoms present in different people are similar, themeaning and the particular moment in which they develop in each one is related to their individual history and only then can they be unraveled.

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