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Stress and Anxiety

Stress, anxiety and agitation are closely related, but they are not the same thing. Stress is often discussed as if it were a disease to be avoided at all costs. However, some degree of ‘stress’ is inevitable in life. Anything that causes a change in a person’s daily routine (or threatens to do so) can be described as ‘stressful,’ and it could even be said that some degree of stress is ‘healthy.’ However, reaction to stress varies significantly from one person to another, and what one person finds extremely stressful might be no problem at all to another person. If a person does feel particularly stressed, this can lead to anxiety and agitation. This chapter discusses stress, anxiety and agitation, and explores some of the ways in which helpers can provide appropriate caring assistance to those who are suffering as a result of stressful situations.

Contents include

  • stress
  • anxiety
  • the relationship between stress and anxiety
  • agitation
  • strategies and techniques
  • things not to do
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RN. MN and Cert IV (Workplace Assessment and Training).
Hugh is a nurse consultant and educator with a master of nursing qualification, majoring in community health. He has extensive hospital and community-based experience as a mental health clinician where his clients included those affected by various forms of dementia. Hugh is well known as an informed and engaging teacher and his topics include psycho-geriatric aspects of care. Also, he is the author of the publication Counselling and Interviewing for Carers: A Basic Guide.

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