Is it stress, or something else?

Stress is something everyone feels sometimes; it is normal. But what if it's not just stress? You might not be sure if you're feeling stressed, anxious or depressed.

It's probably stress, if:

• It comes and goes as things happen in your life

• It goes away quite quickly and you feel better

• You know what’s stressing you out

• It’s about stuff that’s actually happening

• Your sleeping and eating patterns don't change much

• You can still have fun and feel happy

It may be something more serious, if:

• You've been feeling this way for months or years

• It doesn't get better; it just gets worse

• You don't know why you feel this way

• It's about stuff that hasn't happened, and might not happen

• You're sleeping a lot more or less than you used to

• You're eating a lot more or less than you used to

• You can't smile or enjoy things that you used to

• You've thought about hurting yourself or killing yourself

If you feel any of the things in the second list, this doesn't mean that you have depression or anxiety, or that there's anything wrong with you! But it's important that you talk to someone about it. You don't have to feel this way and talking to someone will help. Speak to a trusted adult and find out if you can see a counsellor, social worker or a psychologist at your local clinic or hospital.

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B-Wise User Stella 12 May 2020 00:13

I stress about alot of things 'my family,friends , my future ,people who talks bout me and my future but mostly about my life coz now my life is a big mess . Sometimes i throw up ,i have thought about hurting myself. I have no idea why i feel like this can it be bc of the stress ?

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 May 2020 11:25

Hi Stella,

This sounds really tough.

Please reach out to a counselor using the contact information below:

Get in touch with LoveLife's Contact Centre on 0800 121 900 or send a PLZ CAL ME to 083 323 1023 

B-Wise User Anonymous 26 September 2019 18:44

I sometimes hit my bby to a point wer i regrt at the,end of the,dae is this,depression cause,bby daddy is nt in our lifes

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 September 2019 08:06

Hi there, read this article to learn about depression