Date Published: 12/27/2012

How to Fight Stress-Related Diseases

Stress-related health problems can be the basis for many doctor visits.

For example, suppose Joe has inherited a predisposition to develop a depressive disorder. For him, a difficult breakup with his girlfriend may be all that's needed to trigger a bout of severe depression and the need for a doctor's visit.


Then, there's the natural "fight or flight" response, in which the body instinctively reacts to stressful situations by priming the body for lifesaving physical action.


When you're faced with extreme stress, for instance, the stomach limits digestion to conserve energy, blood vessels constrict to direct blood flow to major muscle groups, hormone levels change, blood pressure rises, and so on. The body responds to stress through very intense physiological reactions that, over time, can impact a person's health.


Keeping stress in check
No one can avoid all stress, and a certain amount actually is good for you. But it's always best to keep unhealthy levels in check when possible.


Follow these steps to control stress:



Take these actions



If you try all of these strategies and you're still experiencing debilitating stress, it's important to seek outside help. Ask your physician for a referral to a psychologist or a psychiatrist who can help you deal with your feelings and help you identify ways to manage your personal and professional situations. Managing your stress will help you stay healthy and prevent serious health problems—so assess your stress today and take appropriate action!



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