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Counselling for Chronic Stress

Many people, over the course of their lives, have experienced acute stress, a dramatic physiological and psychological reaction to a specific event. Chronic stress, however, is a consistent sense of feeling pressured and overwhelmed over a long period of time. If you are experiencing the debilitating symptoms, there are ways to manage and help you get through it.

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What is causes Chronic Stress?

In today's hectic society, there are many possible sources that can cause chronic stress.  These could include poverty, a dysfunctional marriage or family, or a deeply dissatisfying job. Chronic stress slowly drains a person’s psychological resources and damages their brains and bodies. “People experiencing chronic stress might feel incapable of changing their situations,” says Dr. Rajita Sinha, PhD from Yale Medicine.

What are the symptoms of Chronic Stress?

There are cognitive, emotional, physical and behavioural signs of chronic stress. Because every individual is unique, not all categories of symptoms will be present. However, if an individual experiences three to five of these symptoms for more than several weeks, they may be suffering from chronic stress.

 

Those potential symptoms include:

  • Aches and pains

  • Insomnia or sleepiness

  • A change in social behavior, such as staying in often

  • Low energy

  • Unfocused or cloudy thinking

  • Change in appetite

  • Increased alcohol or drug use

  • Change in emotional responses to others

  • Emotional withdrawal

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