As you read through the quick assessment, if you answered yes to some of the items you may be under a significant amount of stress. Excess stress can lead to emotional, behavioral and physiological problems. Stress is a global phenomenon with approximately 75% of American's reporting being “stressed” on a daily basis. A full 43% of U.S. adults suffer adverse effects from stress (American Psychological Association).
Physical symptoms can range from gastrointestinal disturbances, sleep problems, muscles tension, headaches, fatigue and more. More than 80% of physician office visits are associated with unresolved stress issues. Stress is a large factor in more than 75-90% of all illnesses. Emotional and behavioral signs of stress can include anxiety, changes in eating, irritability, and mood changes. Additionally, people under a great deal of stress may have a tendency to engage in unhealthy, ineffective behaviors such as drug or alcohol use, poor diet, smoking, inactivity, etc.
Stress is a normal part of life that can either help us learn to grow or it can cause significant emotional and physical problems. Prolonged, uninterrupted, and unmanageable stress can be potentially damaging. If the stress in your life is overwhelming, unrelenting, and seemingly unmanageable, consult one of our clinicians.
There are promising treatments to reduce the experience of stress. Treatment’s include understanding how you experience stress, identifying sources of stress, learning your stress signals and ways in which you deal with stress, finding healthy ways to manage stress, taking care of yourself and getting support.
Cognitive Behavioral stress management can increase your ability to deal with stress and decrease the detrimental psychological and physiological consequences.
If you are under a high amount of stress that is affecting your physical and/or psychological well-being, please call to meet with one of the therapist’s to help devise a plan to better manage the your life.