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Information about Stress
We Have to Know about the Stress
- Stress can come from any situation or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or anxious. What is stressful to one person is not necessarily stressful to another.
Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions
- You have crushing chest pain, especially with shortness of breath, dizziness, or sweating. A heart attack can cause feelings of anxiety.
- You have thoughts of suicide.
- You have dizziness, rapid breathing, or racing heartbeat for the first time or it is worse than usual
Causes of Stress
- Such drugs include caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, cold remedies, decongestants, bronchodilators for asthma, tricyclic antidepressants, cocaine, amphetamines, diet pills, ADHD medications, and thyroid medications
- A poor diet can also contribute to stress or anxiety — for example, low levels of vitamin B-12
Do’s and Don’ts – Stress
Signs & Symptoms of Stress
- Twitching or trembling
- Muscle tension, headaches
- Dry mouth, difficulty swallowing
- Abdominal pain (may be the only symptom of stress, especially in a child)
- Rapid or irregular heart rate
- Rapid breathing
- Diarrhea or frequent need to urinate
- Irritability, including loss of your temper
- Sleeping difficulties and nightmares
- Decreased concentration
- Sexual problems
Medical advice for Stress
- You are unable to work or function properly at home because of anxiety.
- You do not know the source or cause of your anxiety.
- You have a sudden feeling of panic.
- You have an uncontrollable fear — for example, of getting infected and sick if you are out, or a fear of heights.
Risk factors of Stress
Treatment for Stress
- Psychotherapy such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- as benzodiazepines
Self-care for Stress
- Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet. Don’t overeat.
- Get enough sleep.
- Exercise regularly.
- Limit caffeine and alcohol.
- Don’t use nicotine, cocaine, or other recreational drugs.
- Learn and practice relaxation techniques like guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, yoga, tai chi, or meditation. Try biofeedback, using a certified professional to get you started.
- Take breaks from work. Make sure to balance fun activities with your responsibilities. Spend time with people you enjoy.
Investigations for Stress
- blood test
- thyroid function tests
- electrocardiogram (ECG)