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Stress


Whether you face the challenge of overwhelming stress or simply can't manage the daily pressures in your life, ongoing stress damages your mental and physical health. When you need help overcoming stress, you can depend on Mark Chaney, LPC. Mark has years of experience creating care plans designed to meet your unique needs and teach you ways to minimize stress, relax, and regain a better balance in your life. Call the office in Fort Worth, Texas, or use the online booking feature today to schedule a telemedicine appointment.

Stress Q & A

Why do I need help with stress?

When you feel stressed, stress hormones in your body increase. These hormones give you the energy needed to deal with the stress, then they quickly return to normal levels.

Problems occur when stress becomes a frequent or constant part of your life, and hormone levels remain too high. Stress hormones affect your entire body. For example, they raise blood sugar, increase your heart rate, and tighten your blood vessels.

When stress hormones stay at abnormally high levels, they cause widespread problems, including:

  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic pain

The longer you experience stress, the more likely you will develop serious health problems such as high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

What causes stress?

Any number of common daily problems cause stress, from dealing with children to issues on the job. Significant life challenges and transitions also cause long-lasting stress. A few examples include:

  • Moving to a new city
  • Getting divorced
  • Breaking up with a partner
  • Losing a job
  • Starting a new job
  • Being bullied
  • Having financial problems
  • Having a chronic health condition
  • Being discriminated against

The only advantage of a major transition is that you know the cause of your stress and notice its impact on your mental and physical health.

The sources of daily stress become so common and expected that you might not realize the amount of pressure you endure or the toll it takes on your health.

How is stress treated?

Before deciding the best therapeutic approach for managing your stress, Mark talks with you, learning about your circumstances, emotions, stress triggers, and other aspects of your health.

Stress treatment focuses on identifying the issues associated with it. Then you learn new ways to cope with the stress or eliminate as much as possible.

In addition to dealing with stress, Mark treats other mental health challenges that often accompany stress, such as anxiety disorders and depression. Depending on your co-occurring conditions and the severity of your stress, he may recommend approaches such as:

  • Engaging in talk therapy
  • Making dietary changes
  • Improving your sleep habits
  • Practicing mindfulness meditation
  • Learning relaxation exercises

The best treatment for you is the one that helps you relax, stay calm, and give your brain and body rest from stress.

If you frequently feel stressed, you can learn to relax and overcome the problem. Call Mark Chaney, LPC, or book a telemedicine appointment online today.

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