Self-Care & Motivation

Chronic Stress

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Shifa Fathima

What is Chronic Stress?

Chronic stress is a medical condition where the body releases stress hormones as a result of repeated exposure to stressful situations. It can affect your mind and body in the long run. In fact, many scientists believe that the human stress response system should not be constantly activated. Unfortunately, chronic stress can disrupt almost every other system in your body. Chronic stress can cause weakened immune systems, increase your risk of having a heart problems or a stroke, speed up ageing, and even upset your reproductive and digestive systems.

Chronic Stress Symptoms

Some of the commonly seen chronic stress symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Low energy
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Insomnia
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Extreme irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Nervousness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Changes in appetite
  • Digestive problems

The severity and the type of each symptom vary from one person to the next. Besides the above-mentioned signs and symptoms you may also notice a change in libido, falling ill frequently, muscle aches, high blood pressure, and so on. If left untreated, chronic stress can lead to a range of mental and physical disorders over time.

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Who Is At Risk?

Stress comes in different forms and affects people of different ages and from different walks of life. The degree of stress each person experiences depends largely on individual factors like their physical health, interpersonal relationships, responsibilities, work stress, sudden new changes in life, traumatic experiences, and so on. For example, a parent of one child might experience more stress than a parent with multiple children.  However, studies have shown that people who do not have a strong support system are more prone to chronic stress. Rather than focusing on whether you have a chance of developing chronic stress, it is better to focus on chronic stress prevention, This includes removing yourself from stressful situations or staying away from people who tend to cause you stress and thereby reducing your chronic stress risk factor.

Chronic Stress Causes

Everyone reacts to stress differently. For some people, certain stress triggers can cause them to spiral out of control. Studies have shown that work stress is one of the most triggers. In fact, over 25% of people with chronic stress attribute it to work stress like:

  • Working long hours
  • Unhappy with your job
  • Too much responsibility
  • Unclear expectations
  • Discrimination at work
  • Harassment

Life also contributes to chronic stress in different ways like:

  • Divorce
  • Loss of a job
  • Shifting to a new place
  • Increases financial responsibilities
  • Emotions problems
  • Death of a loved one
  • Chronic injury or illness
  • Traumatic event

Any event that puts an added burden on you can cause you to feel stress. Even a visit to a urologist might make you feel extremely stressed. When you are constantly exposed to stressful situations you tend to develop chronic stress over time.

How is Chronic Stress Diagnosed?

The chronic stress doctor arrives at a chronic stress diagnosis after listening carefully to your signs and symptoms. They will also ask you plenty of questions related to your medical history, whether you are on any medication, recent events in your life, family medical history, and so on. Although there is no specific chronic stress test, the doctor will be able to arrive at a diagnosis based on your answers. Interestingly, most people experience chronic stress at one point or the other in their life. It is often brought on by sudden changes in their life, added responsibilities, and so on. Unfortunately, if the stress factors are not identified and removed, it can cause a heavy toll on your mental and physical health in the long run.

How Is Chronic Stress Treated?

According to medical professionals, chronic stress treatment involves identifying the underlying cause of stress. In some cases, the stress triggers might be apparent, while in other cases not so much. A skilled doctor can help chart the right course of treatment by talking to the patient and sort through the symptoms and emotions to find the root cause of stress. Once the reason for the stress has been identified, the patient is given tools to remove themselves from stress-inducing situations or stress causing people. Once they learn how to deal with stress, they will find that there is no need for any medicine for chronic stress. Cure.fit offers online video consultations with top doctors in the country to help you with your Chronic stress.

How Can Chronic Stress be Prevented?

You can keep yourself safe from different types of chronic stress by surrounding yourself with a strong support system, indulging in hobbies, and making time for yourself. This will help relax and calm your mind, alleviating you of stress. In fact, this is the best chronic stress cure in the entire world.

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