said 1 year, 3 months ago:
@rich-brooks you cannot beat killing zombies! The shoot ‘em up games are great for stress release. It sounds like you have stress management built into your action plan. Congrats!
@deairby An excellent question! Nagging headaches, fatigue, disinterest and a change in appetite are the most recognized symptoms but there are a couple of things to look for that a lot of people miss. Anxiety and the inability to cope.
Anxiety is often shrugged off as fatigue or the need for a zombie killing break. It is, however, more serious. Anxiety is a reaction to stress that has been going on for too long. With anxiety your heart rate becomes elevated and you feel constantly agitated. Your mind is constantly running and it can be difficult to focus on any one thought or activity. Your normal stress coping strategies just don’t seem to work and can actually make it worse. This can set of a downward spiral that can be difficult to stop.
The inability to cope is also shrugged off as fatigue but is not the same as anxiety. It is a subtle and often invisable symptom. Things that didn’t bother you before are beginning to bother you. You begin to notice those little annoying noises like they have been hooked up to an amplifier. Your patience seems to be deserting you but you just can’t put your finger on why. Your conscious mind says you are being ridiculous but deep down it grates on your nerves like fingernails on a chalkboard. It is very easy to shrug this off as imagination but don’t. It is very important to address this before it becomes a serious depression problem,