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What is Stress?

A lot of people are experiencing stress every day for different reasons which are normal. Fortunately or unfortunately, stress is a part of daily life. But do you know what is not normal? Feeling overwhelmed with too much stress  everyday as this can lead to some emotional or physical problems. What is essential is that you learn how to deal with stress.

When your body released the same stress hormones it can lessen your capability to cope about things, and can also harm your health. Long term stress can put you at greater risk of succumbing early or developing certain illnesses.

Symptoms of Stress

You should watch out for these symptoms if you are chronically stressed everyday:

The common symptoms of stress could be- 

  • Irritability 
  • Reduced performance 
  • Forgetfulness or reduced concentration 
  • Poor sleep. If you have a lot on your mind, and a lot going on in your life, sleep may be hard to come by. Rolling and turning at night, or just the inability to get good sleep can be a sign of stress.
  • Digestive problems. There are many various types of digestive issues that can be produced by stress such as heartburn, diarrhoea, and stomach aches.
  • Loss of appetite or increased appetite. You should understand yourself well rather know if your normal eating patterns have changed. If you are feeling less or more hungry, or if you simply have been having more or less often, this could be a symptom of stress.
  • Chest Pain. This sign can be one of the more dangerous. There are many times when chest pain is created by stress, however, you should see your doctor as soon as possible to rule out more severe conditions.
  • Decreased Immunity. If you've seen that you have become more sensitive to colds and the flu than usual, this could be caused by your immune system is less prepared to fight off illness due to stress.

If you are experiencing some of the symptoms mentioned above, please make sure you consult a doctor or a mental health professional immediately. 

Causes of Stress

Just as each of us must decide the circumstances that cause stress, people need to consider how they respond to stress, and whether or not their responses need to be changed.

While stress strikes everyone differently, there are many causes of stress that can have an adverse impact, including:

  • Bullying
  • Work-related issues
  • Losing a job
  • Marital problems
  • Breakup or divorce
  • Loss of a family member
  • Difficulty in school
  • Family issues
  • Excess work pressure 
  • Interpersonal conflicts 
  • And many other reasons 

Effects of Stress

To make things worse, many people consider their stress to be a part of daily life and don't deem treatment as an option. Those who don't seek stress treatment risk memory loss, anxiety, irritability, and numerous other conditions which can in turn impact personal performance, interpersonal relationships and your personality as a whole. These conditions can make each day harder to manage and turn everyday tasks into day-long battles.

Self-help tips for Stress 

Coping with situations that make us tense is important for peace of mind. When this feeling arises, it's OK to temporarily put stress on the back-burner, but make sure you deal with it at some point. Here are some self-help tips for you to follow:

  • Find a new passion that will certainly catch your interest and put your mind off stressful things
  • Avoid too much intake of alcohol and caffeine and even illegal drugs as these things will only make things worse
  • Avoid accepting responsibilities that are not yours
  • Learn how to prioritise your tasks by doing them one at a time
  • Relax, unwind or do something enjoyable to keep your mind off things. 

Treatment for Stress

Stress treatment involves understanding what triggers it, uncovering ways to cope and usually just spotting ways you can unwind to better enjoy your life. Fortunately, more is known today than ever before about the different methods that work in treating this.

  • A combination of medication and counselling is effective in relieving the symptoms that people are experiencing and allowing them to function in everyday life.  
  • Another method of stress treatment is to use varying methods of psychotherapy and support groups. There are cognitive behavioural therapies, group therapy, individual therapy, occupational therapy, neurofeedback, relaxation techniques that are used to replace the negative thoughts with healthy ones so that they are not a danger to themselves or others.  

How Can Cadabam's Help Me Deal with Stress?

Cadabam's Hospitals have the expertise and professional experience needed to help alleviate the stress many individuals suffer from. We provide personal and modern treatments designed to fit each sufferer's individual needs.

Psychologists can help ease personal stress through several specially designed services. These services focus on an individual's source of stress and provide them with the coping strategies needed to reduce daily stress. Various services offered by Cadabam's psychologists include, but are not limited to:

  • Counselling sessions
  • Stress management strategies
  • Assessments

It is advisable to seek professional help if the stress is so critical that it creates a lot of anxiety or if it conflicts with your work, social interactions and general, day-to-day functioning. If left untreated, stress can lead to headaches, increased blood pressure, heart disease and hypertension and it can also upset your interpersonal relationships.

For Stress Treatment, call us @+91 97414 76476.

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Dr. Vijayalakshmi Kashi


Consultant Psychiatrist


M.Phil (Clinical Psychology), MA (Psychology)

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Mala Murlidhar

PH.D. (Clinical Psychology), MS (Clinical Psychology), BA (Psychology)

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jasmine Mary John

Ph.D.(Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS ), M. Phil. (Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS)

Psychiatric Social Work Consultant

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