• 02 MAR 18
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    The impact of stress

    The impact of stress

    The impact of stress

    Stress can affect both your body and your mind.  People under large amounts of stress can become tired, sick, and unable to concentrate or think clearly. Sometimes, they even suffer mental breakdowns.  If you are suffering from extreme stress or long-term stress, your body will eventually wear itself down. But sometimes, small amounts of stress can actually be good.

    Common stressors

    Greater academic demands, Being on one’s own in a new environment – with new responsibilities, Changes in family relations and one’s social life, Financial responsibilities, Preparing for life after graduation. People who are already overwhelmed by stress may be especially prone to depression

    Indicators for recognizing stress

    Increased blood pressure
    Increased accident proneness
    Floating anxiety; anxious feeling for no specific reason
    Pain in neck and/or lower back
    Changes in appetite or sleep pattern

    Stress Traps to Avoid

    School in itself can be stressful. Pulling “all nighters”, this can cause stress for the following day due to exhaustion. Caffeine, a temporary short term energy boost then you crash. Waiting until the last minute, running on Adrenaline.

    Stress Relief Tips

    Manage time wisely and get organized, Create a good study environment. Know your learning style, exercise, take care of your body, Eat right, Get enough sleep.

    Recognizing Anxiety

    Anxiety becomes a disorder when the symptoms become chronic and interfere with our daily lives and ability to function.

    Chronic symptoms:
    Muscle Tension
    Physical weakness
    Poor memory
    Sweaty hands
    Fear or confusion
    Inability to relax
    Constant worry
    Shortness of breath
    Upset stomach
    Poor concentration

     Clinical Depression

    Can affect your body, mood, thoughts and behavior. It is not a passing mood. Clinically depressed people cannot “pull themselves together” and get better but it can be successfully treated, 80% of those who seek help get better.

    Depression, Alcohol & Other Drugs

    Sometimes Depression comes first, people try drugs as a way to escape it

    Depression can caused by the use of drugs and Alcohol itself or by the withdrawal when you stop and the problems that substance use causes

    The sooner you get help the better.

    Getting Help: Treatment Works

    It you think you might be depressed, discuss your concerns with a health care or mental health professional who can evaluate your concerns. Bring an understanding friend or family member for support if you are hesitant or anxious about the appointment

    Several effective treatments for depression are available and can provide relief from symptoms in just a few weeks. Psychotherapy “talk therapy” , antidepressant medication or a combination of bot

    Individuals respond differently to treatment.  If you don’t start feeling better after several weeks, talk to your provider about trying other treatments or getting a second opinion.

    Help Yourself: Be Informed

    Depression can make you feel exhausted, worthless and hopeless, Don’t give in to negative thinking, symptoms will fade as treatment takes effect. Take an active role in getting better and make the most of help available to you.

    Don’t hesitate to ask questions in order to understand your illness,

    If you don’t begin feeling better discuss new approaches with the professional you are seeing.

    Identify, seek professional, recover.

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