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What are the effects of psychological stress on health?

What are the effects of psychological stress on health?

Stress & the body: Stress prepares for action by activating the autonomic nervous system & numerous hormones. Stress can cause muscle tension, cold hands & feet, increased heart rate, rapid & shallow breathing, stomach upset, headaches, dry mouth, increased sweating, mind racing, & insomnia. Chronic stress decreases immune functions & contributes to numerous illnesses. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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How do I deal with the emotional and psychological stress of being diagnosed with glaucoma?

How do I deal with the emotional and psychological stress of being diagnosed with glaucoma?

RELAX: Follow your ophthalmologists directions. Youre going to treat it. Very low probability youre about to go blind when you treat it properly. Jumping to the worst possibility is reflex; checking probability is the best way. Then doing whats right makes things work out. ...Read more

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Are periods of psychological stress necessary to progress in life? They say "no pain, no gain" ...

Are periods of psychological stress necessary to progress in life?  They say "no pain, no gain" ...

I like to think we: can learn more from positive experiences; however, the problem is that in life, no one can avoid having negative ones. So, we can't run this experiment. Yes, we learn a ton from negative experiences and pain is a potent motivator to not do whatever it was that caused the pain. Try going through a whole day having only positive experiences and deliberately learning from them. What happens? ...Read more

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How can I reduce psychological stress?

How can I reduce psychological stress?

Psychotherapy: The best way to reduce psychological stress is psychotherapy. Consider reaching out to a psychologist. They will help you understand the psychological issues and overcome them. Let us know how you do. ...Read more

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What are some ways or methods to reduce psychological stress?

What are some ways or methods to reduce psychological stress?

Manage stress: With e-a-s-e. 1)eliminate the stressor from your life (be assertive; delegate; take breaks & vacations) 2)alter the impact of the stressor (problem solving; time management; social/group action); 3)shift your outlook (reduce unrealistic expectations, irrational beliefs & negative self-talk); & 4) ease your response (relaxation, exercise & good nutrition). Counseling can help. ...Read more

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Can psychological stress increase cortisol levels?

Can psychological stress increase cortisol levels?

Yes......: The short answer is yes. The longer and still very inadequate answer is yes, but the effect can vary based on the type of stress, the chronicity of the stress, the age, gender, genetics and emotion traits of the individual being stressed and so on. Current theory would hold that the origin of many of the inflammatory conditions we face, including depression, can be found in question you ask! ...Read more

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Can psychological stress or illness drive cortisol levels out-of-range higher or just higher within normal range?

Can psychological stress or illness drive cortisol levels out-of-range higher or just higher within normal range?

Yes: They can raise cortisol levels which help improve memory and immunity in the short term, but may cause depression, lowered immune response, thyroid problems, elevated glucose, high blood pressure and decreased bone mass in the long run. Since you are on steroid injections for pain from a bulging disc, you could ask your doctor about other tx options if you are concerned about the side effects. ...Read more

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What's the difference in the aortas compliance to physical stress and psychological stress? Does it narrow or expand in the different situations?

What's the difference in the aortas compliance to physical stress  and psychological stress? Does it narrow or expand in the different situations?

Aortic compliance: The physical compliance of the aorta is its response to the blood pressure, wall stress presented it. There is no reason to expect that if physical or psychologic causes yielded the same wall stress that the compliance would differ. ...Read more