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Anxiety, stress, worry, panic attacks. Are they a continuum.?
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
6 doctors agree
In brief: More like a mix.
The first three often are used interchangably, though they differ. One can feel "stressed, " which usually means worried and anxious, but stress also makes people worried and anxious.
One could be worried without necessarily being anxious. Panic attacks, though, are a different level. They are a specific reaction to anxiety to which some people are vulnerable and others are not.

In brief: More like a mix.
The first three often are used interchangably, though they differ. One can feel "stressed, " which usually means worried and anxious, but stress also makes people worried and anxious.
One could be worried without necessarily being anxious. Panic attacks, though, are a different level. They are a specific reaction to anxiety to which some people are vulnerable and others are not.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Panic/worry
All are inter-connected.
Basically, excess worrying & fear leads to panic which leads to avoidance & more worrying.

In brief: Panic/worry
All are inter-connected.
Basically, excess worrying & fear leads to panic which leads to avoidance & more worrying.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: They can be,
But not always. Panic disorder is also partly genetic.
But on that continuum, the best place to make a difference is learning to manage your stress in the best possible way for you. Make an appointment with a therapist who can help you with this.

In brief: They can be,
But not always. Panic disorder is also partly genetic.
But on that continuum, the best place to make a difference is learning to manage your stress in the best possible way for you. Make an appointment with a therapist who can help you with this.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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