Facts About Stress Related Medical Problems
When people think about the word “stress” most people automatically think about some negative effects of stress. Almost every client who’s come to see me over the years has complained about some excessive stress in his or her lives. It’s a very common dynamic for all of us, but unfortunately not something we’ve been given effective tools and resources to help us better manage stress.
However, not all stress is bad. We actually have a stress response system that can be life-saving in some situations. We have nerve chemicals and hormones that are released during stressful times and this prepares us to face a threat or flee to safety. For example, when you face a dangerous situation, your pulse quickens, you breathe faster, your muscles tense, and your brain uses more oxygen and increases activity—all functions aimed at survival. In the short term, it can even boost the immune system.
With chronic stress, however, those same nerve chemicals that are life-saving in short bursts can suppress functions that aren’t needed for immediate survival. Your immunity is lowered and your digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems stop working normally. Problems occur if the stress response goes on too long, such as when the source of stress is constant, or if the response continues after the danger has subsided.
Here are some of the most common medical problems that are not necessarily caused by stress, but can be exacerbated by an excessive stress response:
- The common cold
- Sleep dysfunction
- Weight gain and obesity
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Menstrual problems
- High blood pressure
- Ulcers and other gastrointestinal problems
- Heart disease
- Depression and anxiety
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Overall slower healing process
- Accelerated aging
- Premature death
I’ve found that many of my clients have struggled with stress related medical problems, but with the help of counseling and a targeted treatment plan, many of these symptoms and problems subside.
If you’ve struggled with medical challenges that conventional medicine hasn’t been able to help, perhaps it’s time to consider the effects that stress may be having on you. I’d be happy to set-up a consultation so we can discuss treatment options that’ll help you feel and be healthier in your life.
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