Counseling for Stress Related Medical Problems 

Stress Related Medical Problems | Ken Donaldson LMHC

Stress Related Medical Problems ARE Real 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 stress related medical problems. Stress is a common dynamic for all of us.

Not all stress is bad. We actually have a stress response system that can be life-saving. We have neuro-chemicals and hormones that are released during stressful times and prepare 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 suppress functions that aren’t needed for immediate survival. Your immunity is lowered and your digestive, excretory and reproductive systems stop working normally.

Stress related medical problems occur when the stress response goes on too long. 

Common medical problems exacerbated by excessive stress response include:

  • The common cold
  • Sleep dysfunction
  • Weight gain and obesity
  • Headaches
  • Asthma
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Menstrual problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Ulcers and other gastrointestinal problems
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Overall slower healing process
  • Accelerated aging
  • Premature death

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can trigger a number of stress related medical problems and requires professional treatment by a trained specialist.

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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Stress Related Medical Problems