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Stress is what happens to us when we feel stressed and anxious. Stress is the hot stove you've leaned on, and anxiety is the pain you feel from the heat.
You seem to be describing a developing anxiety disorder. Raised blood pressure is typical of anxiety, one of the many physical symptoms it can cause ( such a trembling, rapid pulse, sweating, etc. )
The iron levels are probably not related to stress. Women easily develop low iron levels,( because of factors like menstrual bleeding ) especially if there is not much in their usual diet. This is why it is important for them to test vefore accepting you as a blood donor, as of course one shouldn't draw blood from someone already anemic, as this wouldnt be good for you or the recipient of your blood.
Depending on whether you are significantly anaemic, that can itself also cause some symptoms which can overlap with those of anxiety, such as feeling faint, change in pulse rate, breathlessness, dizziness, fatigue, etc. One or other or both might be the main cause of your troubles.
All very unpleasant. Fortunately, both respond well to proper treatment. Anaemia to iron and other meds, even to transfusion if its realyl severe. And Anxiety responds well both to proper counselling of the Cognitive-Behaviour therayp ( CBT ) formatand to medications also used to treat depression.
Ideally you'd want to see a psychiatrist to assess and recommend treatment for the anxiety, and at least a GP to assess and continue to manage the iron-deficiency anaemia and continue managing the anxiety.
You are not going mad, and should start feeling better before long
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