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The Nuance

Are You Stressed or Are You Anxious?

There’s a difference. Here’s why it matters.

Illustration: Kieran Blakey

In common parlance, people use “stress” and “anxiety” interchangeably. Even mental health organizations tend to lump the two together.

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), for example, has resources to help people manage “anxiety and…

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Markham Heid

Markham Heid

I write about health, science, and psychology. My work has appeared in Time magazine, the New York Times, Vice, and elsewhere. I live in Germany.

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