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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Overview)

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 to manage their stress.


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What is the best way to calm down? I am suffering from major stress and want to find a healthier way to manage it. What is the best way to calm down? I am suffering from major stress and want to find a healthier way to manage it. Should i look at medicati

What is the best way to calm down? I am suffering from major stress and want to find a healthier way to manage it. What is the best way to calm down? I am suffering from major stress and want to find a healthier way to manage it. Should i look at medicati

Management : Management of stress can be very challenging. Oftentimes it resolves with addressing the particular stressors if this is feasible. Otherwise, i would recommend a multidisciplinary approach starting with behavioral specialists such as psychologists and therapist then moving on to medications if necessary. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
3,099 doctors shared insights

Stress (Overview)

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 to manage their stress.


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Is there a way to biologicaly measure stress levels? If so how? Samsung S Health seems to be able to but I dont know how?

Is there a way to biologicaly measure stress levels? If so how? Samsung S Health seems to be able to but I dont know how?

There are many: biologic indicators of stress. Some are measurable and/or observable & others aren't. Samsung S Health is a device app that helps u monitor stress & how u cope with it INDIRECTLY by tracking physical activity, calorie intake & some vital signs. If Samsung is marketing this app as a direct, biological measure of stress, they have led you astray. I hope this helps answer your question. ...Read more

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Stress (Tip)

Exercise helps control the stress and at the same time give a sensation of well being. ...See more

Dr. Ana Adelstein Dr. Adelstein
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Overcoming Anxiety and Stress (Checklist)

As your stress or anxiety level is rising, stop what you're doing.
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Rate level of distress you're feeling from 0 (none) - 100 (overload)
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Ask yourself "What bad thing am I expecting to happen?"
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Slowly inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth
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What is the best way to deal with stress; when the stress comes from having s very i'll child and not knowing the reason he is sick?

What is the best way to deal with stress; when the stress comes from having s very i'll child and not knowing the reason he is sick?

Very painful: This is one of the most painful situations a parent can go through. Many deal with this by getting support from their church or spiritual group if they have one -- and also from extended family including friends close enough to feel like family. Prayer helps. Getting consistent rest helps. Giving and receiving affection helps. Educating yourself & talking with the doctors helps too. ...Read more

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How to de-stress?

How to de-stress?

Stay active: Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Your body releases endorphins during exercise, which can help you feel calm. If you exercise 30 - 60 minutes a day, your stress levels can improve. When stressed, take 5 slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed, then roll your shoulders forward 5 times, then back 5 times. This will slow your heart rate and release tension in your neck and shoulders. ...Read more

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Stress (Tip)

Regular exercise can help reduce anxiety, stress, and depressive thinking. ...See more

Dr. Barbara Lavi Dr. Lavi
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Managing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Checklist)

Find a therapist who specializes in PTSD
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Join a support group with others who are dealing with PTSD
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Consider EMDR as a form of treatment, discuss with a therapist
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Learn relaxation techniques to help when flashbacks occur
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Is stress harmful?

Is stress harmful?

Yes and no: "too much" stress can be too much for the body to process, integrate, and adapt to -- in which case it can wreak havoc on the body. But stress that "challenges without overwhelming" can ultimately result in a strengthening of the body by "provoking" its innate capacity to self-heal. For example, "too much" exercise is bad; but "just the right amount" of exercise is good! :). ...Read more

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Can stress cause on?

Can stress cause on?

Incomplete question: Can stress cause what? Please resubmit your question with specifics. Then we can better provide an answer. ...Read more

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Stress (Tip)

Listening to music (and other activities that help you live in the moment) can help reduce stress! ...See more

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How to lower my stress?

How to lower my stress?

It depends: It depends on what is stressing you, what resources for renewal and support you have, and what your personal resilience is. Your note indicates you're in afghanistan, an extremely stressful location for many people right now. You'd need to access existing medical, social, or psychological resources for personal assistance there; hopefully family is together and you & they can help each other. ...Read more

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What causes stress sui?

What causes stress sui?

"SUI": Stress urinary incontinence (sui) is when physical movement like heavy lifting, coughing, or sneezing causes accidental leaks of urine. It happens when there is poor function in the pelvic muscles that support the bladder or control the release of urine. This can result from childbirth, pregnancy, or pelvic surgery. For more, see http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/stress-incontinence/ds00828. ...Read more

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How do you cure stress?

How do you cure stress?

Stress Relief: Try doing activities that will lower your stress levels. Try doing yoga or tai chi or some sort of activity that will keep you relaxed. It may also help to take a mild muscle relaxant to help keep you calm. Always take deep breaths and try not to panic or think to hard about your life. Drink plenty of water. ...Read more

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Can stress cause death?

Can stress cause death?

Very rare: By itself, stress (actually dis-tress, when a person cannot or will not solve a pressing problem) contributes to disease, but causes death by itself only in extreme situations (i.e., torture). There is a "pop" notion that in, say, a fatal fall from a high place that the heart stops before impact and the decedent feels nothing; it's not true but comforts survivors. ...Read more

Dr. Jovita Anyanwu Dr. Anyanwu
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Stress (Tip)

Stress is part of life, save no more than an hour a day for it. ...See more

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What can trigger stress?

Very subjective: There are many things that can trigger stress in individuals. It is not the incidents that happen, but the personal interpretation of what has happened that causes emotional distress for people. Look at what you are thinking about what happened, to see if you are "awfulizing" the incident, and work wtih a counselor to develop a more rational way of dealing with your normal stresses. ...Read more

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What is stress response?

What is stress response?

'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. ...Read more

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Stress (Tip)

Stress is inevitable. To relieve it, we react or respond. Reaction is automatic. Response is a choice. ...See more