Wellness Matters

Stress Can Lead to Anxiety

June 01, 2016

Many people experience stress and anxiety at one time or another. Stress is your body’s response to an outside stimulus that you aren’t prepared for, and can help you overcome a challenge. If you experience stress for a long period of time, it can develop into anxiety, which is a heightened response to stress that can create disproportionate feelings of helplessness or being overwhelmed. The best way to fight feelings of anxiety is to develop proper coping mechanisms.

Counselors can teach patients coping skills they can use in everyday life. When you feel anxious, it’s important to recognize the negative thoughts and distortions you have, and combat them with affirmative statements. Put an end to fatalistic thinking by telling yourself things like, “This will pass,” or, “I can do better next time.” Another way of overcoming anxiety and stress is having a support network and/or someone to confide in about the various factors in your life that may be causing your anxiety. At Cone Health, we offer a Psychiatric Intensive Outpatient Program. In this program, we cultivate over-all wellness in many college-aged individuals by helping them build skills, healthy relationships, and support networks.

About the Author

Danielle Tyler is a licensed clinical social worker and counselor for the partial hospitalization program at Cone Health’s Behavioral Health Hospital. Danielle received a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2007 and a Master of Social Work from Norfolk State University in 2014.


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