Anxiety disorders, like depression, range across a spectrum of severity from mild to severe and include specifiers such as separation anxiety, specific phobias, social anxiety, panic disorder, agoraphobia, and general anxiety disorder (GAD).
In the workbook place a mark by any symptoms you experience.
There are a lot of similarities and crossover criteria between depression and anxiety even though they’re typically treated as separate disorders. Similarities include poor health habits, lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating, stress-related problems, and sleep issues .
Briefly review these points from earlier discussions.
- Stress can increase both our appetite and our drive to eat.
- Stress influences the types of food we’re likely to choose.
- Eating relieves feeling stressed but the effect is temporary.
- Dysregulation of the HPA axis from chronic stress or anxiety manifests in both hyper and hypo cortisol secretion and changes to our metabolism .
- Pervasive dysregulation can lead to the overproduction of norepinephrine and give rise to panic attacks/panic disorder.