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Effects of Stress, Symptoms, and Treatment

Anyone can experience stress at any time, and this is quite normal. But when stress starts affecting your daily life, it becomes severe. Therefore, it is crucial to understand the effects of stress and why you should get it treated.

Symptoms of Stress

While being stressed is normal to some extent, the severe one can be fatal. If you find the following signs and symptoms of stress, you should schedule an appointment with your professional as soon as possible:

  • Indigestion
  • Insomnia
  • Grinding teeth
  • Increased heart rate
  • Muscle tension
  • Chest pain
  • No sense of humor
  • Dizziness
  • Hyperventilation
  • Sweaty palms
  • High blood pressure
  • Lack of energy
  • Confusion
  • Constant worry
  • Mind races
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Frustration
  • Feeling overworked
  • Sense of helplessness
  • Apathy
  • Sense of loneliness
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Avoiding others

Myths about Stressed

Due to the lack of clarity about the effects of stress, there are several myths about stress. Just a few of them are:

Myth 1

Only significant symptoms of stress need professional attention.

Truth: Some minor symptoms of stress, such as constant worrying, may result in serious health like, like coronary heart disease or high blood pressure.

Myth 2

Stress is always bad for your health.

Truth: We all experience stress in our everyday life; they are normal. Stress should be taken seriously only when they start affecting our health.

Myth 3

Everybody has the same type and level of stress.

Truth: Stress is never the same for everyone, nor it affects them similarly. Paying bills may be extremely stressful for one person, while such a task may be fun for others.

Myth 4

You have to work hard to control your stress.

Truth: Stress management modalities are easy ways to keep stress under control. Once you learn the modalities, you will never forget them. It's like riding a bicycle; once you learn, you never forget.

Myth 5

No symptoms, no stress.

Truth: You will not always find symptoms of stress, and you might never know that you are suffering from stress that may result in severe physical or psychological illnesses.

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Benefits of Modalities

At Stress Management & Prevention Center, LLC, we teach the effective modalities that induce structural and functional changes in the brain. The brain's ability to change and adapt is known as neuroplasticity. These result in a dramatic reduction in the stress hormone cortisol levels and an increase in the stories of the so-called “pleasure-inducing neuropeptides,” like serotonin, β endorphin, oxytocin, testosterone, and dopamine. Learning modalities can help people with different issues and disorders.

Physical and Physiological Benefits

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Digestive disorders
  • Muscle tension
  • Menopausal syndrome
  • Migraines
  • High blood pressure
  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Insomnia

Psychological and Psychosocial Benefits

  • Intimacy dynamics
  • LGBT concerns
  • Death of a loved one
  • Economic hardships
  • Panic attacks
  • Anger
  • Issues at work
  • Depressed libido
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Clinical depression
  • PTSD
  • Bipolar disorders

Life-Coping Issues

  • Identify priorities
  • Modify spending habits
  • Improve academic performance
  • Improve relationships
  • Set and achieve goals
  • Organize their lives
  • Be more productive
  • Attain self-confidence

How Modalities Benefit

Learning modalities can help people with the above-discussed conditions in the following ways:

  • Heal from PTSD and C-PTSD
  • Managing their clinical depression and other psychological disorders
  • Cope with pain that does not respond to medication (for example, fibromyalgia)
  • Information processing
  • Memory recall (both long- and short-term memory)
  • Cognitive control (the ability to focus on a specific goal or task and keep it in mind while resisting distractions, the very abilities harmed by multitasking)
  • Attentiveness
  • Improves working memory
  • Problem-solving ability
  • Impulse control
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Creative insight
  • Controlling their hypertension to the point where they no longer have to take medication
  • Ability to see a project through to its end
  • Lessening inflammation
  • Empathy