Stress, Anxiety and Mood Disorders

We live in an era where stress and anxiety is the most common mental health condition experienced in Australia today. Life just seems so hectic and the pressures placed on us via family, work, exams or personal issues take their toll on our health and wellbeing. One in three women and one in five men experience some type of mental health condition in their lifetime and with the onset of anxiety, depression can sometimes also occur.

Human beings are designed to deal with short term stress with our nervous and endocrine systems responding via hormone release and mechanisms to help us face the immediate stressor. Unfortunately the modern lifestyle sometimes results in a long term stress response and this is where problems start to occur. 

Stress and anxiety are two different mental health issues but share similar physical symptoms which makes it difficult to spot the difference.

Common stress or anxiety symptoms:

  • Insomnia, difficult sleep onset or difficulty staying asleep

  • excessive worry or compulsive behaviours

  • lack of focus or memory problems

  • Irritablility, sadness, 

  • rapid heartrate

  • headaches

  • muscle tension

  • hot and cold flushes

  • social situation avoidance

  • panic attacks

  • low mood

  • constant fatigue

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stressed, anxios, depressed woman
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Stress is commonly a response to a trigger and can be positive or negative. It can help you complete a task when under pressure or negatively it can lead to the symptoms listed above. The stress response is usually short term.


Anxiety can be a long term mental health condition triggered by stress. Anxiety does not go when the short term threat has passed, it hangs around impairing your ability to function in social, occupational and relationship roles.

There are numerous reasons as to why a person can develop a mental health condition with nutrition, lifestyle, past trauma, family history, physical conditions (e.g. thyroid conditions) and personality type all playing a part.

Seeking professional help is always recommended and a naturopath will take a holistic approach to support mental health and wellbeing. Genetic variations, nutrient support, hormonal imbalances, gut health and the body's stress response will all be considered when formulating a successful treatment plan to help you return to wellness and live your life to the fullest.


At NatureSense Health and Wellbeing I am happy to support you with natural alternatives or work in conjunction with conventional medical treatments to improve your quality of life.

You do not have to feel this way forever!