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Factors Linked to Psychological Distress | Suzanne Kane
Psychological distress, a widely-used indicator of the mental health of a population, nevertheless remains vaguely understood. In numerous studies, psychological distress is "largely" defined as "a state of emotional suffering characterized by symptoms of depression and anxiety." But how do you know if what you're experiencing is psychological distress or a diagnosable psychological disorder, such as anxiety or depression? If you've had a bad day, does that mean you're suffering psychological distress? If you lose your job and feel anxious and short-tempered, is this a sign you are in a state of psychological distress? Psychological Distress Vs. Psychological Disorder Psychological distress is generally considered a transient (not long-lasting) phenomenon that is related to specific stressors. It typically subsides when either the stressor is removed, or the individual adapts to the stressor. In the example of having a bad day, you're likely experiencing transient psychological