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Posted by: juz | 2004/10/20

STRESS

What is the difference between stress related disorders (SRD) and gen. Anxiety disorders (GAD) ?

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Pretty simple, really. Anxiety Disorders is a broad category, including a range of conditions wich can overlap or can occur separately. Where anxiety is very tied to a specific small set of triggers, we talk of Phobic Anxiety ; when it's spread out over just about everything, we talk of a generalized Anxiety State. Stress Related Disorders, principally PTSD ( Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ) are ongoing disorders arising AFTER being exposed to unusually severe, life-threatening stressful experiences, like rape, war, etc.
Some people speak, less usefully, of Stress-Related Disorders when they mean a wider range of psychological and/or physical disorders in which stress may play a role.

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