Stress Counselling in London
What is Stress?
Stress can be defined as the pressure of external events onto the individual that cause a general reaction to change. It is a physical and mental response to feelings, situations, other people or places. The things that cause stress are called stressors. A stressor can be internal or external. An internal stressor is a feeling or emotion that causes stress. An external stressor is something outside a person that causes stress. Stressors can be minor, such as forgetting your work badge at home. Stressors can also be major. Examples of major stressors include moving house, the death of a loved one, loss of a job or a relationship breakup. Stress can be regarded as positive or negative. Psychologists refer to negative stress with the term 'distress'. The signs of negative stress present as very similar to those of Anxiety Disorders.
Anxiety is a psychological condition of tension and automatic alarm in the face of an imminent danger; it has internal origin to the individual and is generated by endogenous factors (internal). Stress, on the contrary, is generated by external factors (situations, changes etc…). However, the cognitive, behavioral and emotional reactions to stress are very similar those of Anxiety Disorders.
Signs of Stress
The signs of stress include the following:
- Behavioural responses to stress can include loss of will or ability to take care of simple and easy day-to-day tasks.
- Biological responses to stress can include the chemical release of cortisol and adrenaline, which can cause an increase in heart rate, increase in breathing (lungs dilate), decrease in digestive activity and fatigue.
- Emotional responses to stress can include feelings such as irritability, anger and low mood.
Treatment for Stress
The most effective treatment for stress is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focussed on stress management skills.
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