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Could emotional stress cause physical illness?

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Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
Stress & illness: Definitely. Emotional stress produces hundreds of changes in your body. If stress occurs too often or stays too long, those changes can push body systems beyond normal range and cause dysfunction. Chronic stress exhausts the body and decreases immune functions making you more vulnerable to many illnesses.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Stress: Anxiety / stress symptoms can include feeling nervous or irritable, muscle tension (especially in neck, shoulders & back), poor quality or minimal sleep, lack of concentration & easy fatiguability. Lump in throat or butterfly in stomach sensation can occur. It may exacerbate asthma, IBS or headaches.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Emotional stress with physical consequences, what to do?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
To address stress:: Talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises or progressive muscle relaxation.

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