STRESS - Let's talk about it!
It is very common to hear the word stress now a days. In fact I feel at times, that to be under stress is an in thing. It may seem odd but the fact is some people like to show that they are under so much stress or so burdened with work and use it as a yard stick of their success.
So What exactly is Stress?
Stress is a feeling experienced by an individual when he is exposed to pressure situations like, time deadlines, performance appraisals, exams, untimely events like death, illness, or losses. It is natural at times like these to feel anxious, restless, low, worried or disinterested, irritated or at loss.
Is it not a natural thing?
To experience stress under pressure circumstances is natural and normal. In fact at times it helps motivate us and increase our performance; for example during the exams, when it is known as “EUSTRESS” or good stress.At times even positive events like marriage, going to high school or promotion are known to trigger stress.
When faced with stress our natural ability to face situations and deal with them then kicks’ in. It’s like the saying: “when things are tough, the tough get going”. But at times the situations keep piling up or one is unable to deal with them successfully. This then leads to a state of poor performance at work, or in studies or it leads to frequent fights at home, with colleagues and can trigger a mental illness. To cope with it at times people start taking drinks, smoking or increasing the intake of the same. These are the signs that stress has become an illness, when it is called as “DISTRESS”.
What are the signs of disstress?
If I am distressed does it mean that I am weak?
It means that there is a state of imbalance in the brain chemicals which makes you ineffective in coping with the situation. It can happen with anyone.
How Stress Affects the Brain?
Stress and stress hormones produce both beneficial and harmful effects in the brain. These influence s of emotional responses. Certain areas in the brain are remodeled on exposure to stress. The commonly affected areas arehippocampus, amygdala and prefrontal cortex.
How can one manage stress?
These are few things that you can do to deal with stress.
Do I need to see a Doctor?
Signs that you may need help in coping with stress are:
How does the doctor treat stressful situations of a patient?
The doctor accesses you for the severity of stress. Based on the severity, he; in consultation with you would then plan out a treatment which can include medications, relaxation exercises and counselling.