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                   Frequently Asked Questions – Stress

Dr Sumeet Inder Singh is the best doctor for the relief of stress-related problems in Chandigarh & Mohali.

  • What is Stress ?
    The term stress is commonly used by lay persons, for any perceived difficulties in life, causing mild irritation to the kind of severe problems that might result in a breakdown of health. Common stress symptoms include irritability, muscular tension and a variety of physical reactions such as headaches and elevated heart rate. Stress may be acute when it involves a sudden, short-lived, threatening event e.g., robbery, giving a speech or it may be chronic as in marital conflict, or continuous job stress.
  • How does the body respond to stress ?
    When you perceive real or imagined danger or threat, your nervous system responds by releasing stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. These rouse the body for an emergency act called stress response in which the heart beats faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, pulse quickens and your senses become sharper.
  • Is Stress Helpful in Any Way? If yes how ?
    The physical changes during body's stress response mentioned above, speed up your reaction time, enhance your concentration and help you stay focused and alert. Stress is what keeps you on your toes during a presentation or motivates you to study for exam when you'd rather be watching TV, but beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and start causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships and your quality of life. Remember – Stress to a limit is good, getting stressed out is not.
  • What are common warning sign of excess stress ?
    *Irritability, short Temper or being moody * Memory problems and inability to concentrate * Agitation or an inability to relax * Felling overwhelmed * Sense of loneliness and isolation * Depression or general unhappiness * Negative thinking * Anxious or racing thoughts * Constant worrying * Using alcohol, cigarettes or drugs to relax *Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing) * Aches and pains. *Diarrhea or constipation *Nausea, Dizziness *Chest pain, rapid heartbeat *Loss of sex drive. However, since the aforesaid signs and symptoms of stress can also be caused by other psychological and medical problems, it's important to see your doctor for a full evaluation whether or not your symptoms are stress-related
  • What are effects of Long Term Stress ?
    Chronic stress can have a serious impact on our physical as well as psychological health due to sustained high levels of the chemicals released during the stress response, disrupting almost every system in the body. Many health problems are caused by or exacerbated by stress. including : *Heart Problems *high blood pressure *Diabetes *Digestive problems *Sleep disturbance *Depression, anxiety & irritability * Obesity *Autoimmune diseases *Skin conditions, such an eczema *Pain of any kind.
  • What influences the ability to tolerate stress ?
    Your support system :- A strong network of supportive friends and family members is an enormous buffer against life's stressors. The more lonely and isolated you are, the greater your vulnerability to stress. Your attitude & self confidence :- An optimistic attitude & confidence in your ability to persevere through challenges makes it easier to take stress in stride. Ability to deal with your emotions :- Your inability to handle emotions like anger, fear, sadness, anxiety during challenging situations makes you extremely vulnerable to stress. Knowing about the stressful situations:- The more you know about a stressful situation, including how long it will last and what to expect, the easier it is to cope