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what to do with stress ?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Stress less: If you can find a quiet place - do so. Breath in slowly & deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. If you haven't been assessed for your panic/ anxiety - that would be prudent. Take care.
Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
Stress & the body: It prepares for action by activating the autonomic nervous system & numerous hormones. Stress can cause muscle tension, cold hands & feet, increased heart rate, rapid and shallow breathing, stomach upset, headaches, dry mouth, increased sweating, mind racing, & insomnia. Chronic stress decreases immune functions and contributes to numerous illnesses.
Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
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Also, recent research indicates that stress may be bad for you only if you believe it's bad for you. Your attitude and response to it are important. See the full information at http://www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend.html
Dec 15, 2013

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Make a plan!: First figure out what your 3 leading causes of stress are and devise a method to manage each. Yoga, therapy, massage, meditation and quiet time are all things that improve stress management.
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Is stress harmful?

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Yes it can be: In some it can be, it can cause a heart attack or stroke.
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I would respectfully add that stress serves a positive role as well and we need some amount of it in our lives. It can serve as a signal that tells us the urgency of things important to us (deadlines, relationships, obligations).
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What is stress response?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
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'fight or flight': Stress boosts activity in the sympathetic nervous system & stress hormones are released. Pulse, blood pressure, sweating, & breathing rate go up; skin temp. Decreases as blood shifts to the vital organs; there can be muscle tension or tremors, GI symptoms e.g. Nausea, stomach ache, diarrhea; pacing, hand-wringing, etc. The body is set for survival action, but suffers if this continues too long.
Dr. Kathryn Seifert
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Excessive stress over long periods of time can also cause a "freeze" response which is like feeling numb, withdrawn, and unresponsive. When this happens in early childhood, it can negatively affect development.
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A 51-year-old member asked:

Can stress cause on?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Stress: 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.
A 25-year-old female asked:

Treatment for stress?

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Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 40 years experience
It depends: On what is causing your stress. Preventing it or removing it when possible is the best. Many people are helpful by mindfulness training, meditation, guided imagery cds, yoga classes, chi gung, exercise, reading, etc. For long term benefit and better overall mental health, support from a good psychotherapist can be transformational.

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