Stress is an all too often experience of our modern life. Financial and time pressures, health problems, caring for others, work demands, major life changes, and difficult relationships can leave us frazzled, tense, drained, worried, and exhausted.
Of greater concern, when stress is prolonged it takes a toll on the mind, body and emotions. Whereas the human body was equipped with the ability to handle short bouts of stress quite well, prolonged stress has a decidedly negative effect. Medical and scientific research has determined that stress can contribute or lead to:
- Insomnia and sleep disruption
- Depression and anxiety
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Hormonal disruption
- Autoimmune disorders
- Heart disease
- Digestive problems
- Memory and concentration problems
If you suffer from stress you have likely tried some of the common methods of stress reduction such as relaxing music, hot baths, yoga, exercise, deep breathing, or a good bottle of wine. Hopefully these have helped and you have returned to your normal level of functioning and coping. However, if they haven’t, and you still suffer from the effects of stress, you may benefit from professional help.
Here at WWC not only do we offer medical help for stress-based disorders, but we also offer psychotherapy as an option to help change your response to stress. Psychotherapy can not only help you “manage” your stress . . . but can also change the underlying perceptions and feelings that cause the stress response to occur in the first place. In essence, our patients find that it is possible to feel very differently about any given situation and that this shift in feelings is often a perquisite to dealing with the stressor more effectively as well.
Another option for the effective treatment of stress is the emWave® PSR, a personal biofeedback device. Through the use of the emWave PSR, one can restore a more natural balance to the nervous system thus reducing the damaging effects of continued stress. Used together with psychotherapy the results are synergistic, resulting in improved attitudes, better health, and more control over every day or prolonged stressors.