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Just a question.What is the difference between being nervous or anxious?

Carol1952

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Some people have often have asked me that .I dont know how to explain that to them because there is a difference.I know when I am anxious sometimes i do get nervous and other times I am nervous but not anxious.
 
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For me, i think nervous is a mild form of anxiety. So i'd describe it as the same, but much less severe in intensity. Same as a sprain is a form of damage to a limb, but not as bad as a fracture. Both hurt, just one is more manageable.
Don't know if you define nervous and anxiety in the same way as me, but hopefully this helps a little.
 
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For me, i think nervous is a mild form of anxiety. So i'd describe it as the same, but much less severe in intensity. Same as a sprain is a form of damage to a limb, but not as bad as a fracture. Both hurt, just one is more manageable.
Don't know if you define nervous and anxiety in the same way as me, but hopefully this helps a little.
First of all welcome to the family.To be honest I dont know what to think.The thing is i dont feel any kind of anxieties when I am nervous.Confusing isnt it.Thank you and nice to meat you.
 
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I feel like once it starts getting severe and affecting every single part of your life, can’t even leave the house, that’s when you know something more is wrong
 
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First of all welcome to the family.To be honest I dont know what to think.The thing is i dont feel any kind of anxieties when I am nervous.Confusing isnt it.Thank you and nice to meat you.
Thankyou for the welcome, it's nice to meet you :)

What does being nervous feel like to you? I see it as a mild anxiety thing, how do you see it?
 
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If I were to separate them, I would classify nervousness as something that had some kind of excitement involved. Like nervous about going on a amusement park ride. Anxiety being pure fear, I am not looking forward to anything I'm scared and my brain saying there is danger here. But I have also used nervous to describe a shy person who is uncomfortable being in certain situations, social or otherwise.
 
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If I were to separate them, I would classify nervousness as something that had some kind of excitement involved. Like nervous about going on a amusement park ride. Anxiety being pure fear, I am not looking forward to anything I'm scared and my brain saying there is danger here. But I have also used nervous to describe a shy person who is uncomfortable being in certain situations, social or otherwise.
That sounds just about right thank you
 
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Nervous ok and normal anxiety just crap
 
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I read a quote years ago that I felt described the difference perfectly: “Fear stimulates the senses, anxiety paralyzes them”

Nervousness is certainly a part of anxiety, but only a part. Hope this helps and good luck.
 
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I read a quote years ago that I felt described the difference perfectly: “Fear stimulates the senses, anxiety paralyzes them”

Nervousness is certainly a part of anxiety, but only a part. Hope this helps and good luck.
The mailman who I use to know use to tell me our brains are damaged that is so true.
 
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Technicallllly they're the same thing, "nervous" is just a more outdated term that's usually thrown around a little more lightly. Anxious can be a synonym for nervous, e.g. if you were nervous about performing a solo, it would be appropriate to use either word to describe it, as they have the same general symptoms as they are caused by the fight or flight response.

I feel like anxiety has much more negative connotations, as it's a more scientific or rather medical term for it. Like people get diagnosed with anxiety disorders because they feel nervous way more intensely and/or more often than should be normal, we just call them Anxiety Disorders rather than 'Nervous Disorders' as it's more formal.

But generally nervousness as a less intense, more short term feeling, and anxiousness a more intense, longer term experience.
 
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