health effects of chronic stress

5 Health Effects of Chronic Stress

Many things in life can cause a person to be stressed. Our goal is to help identify the root cause of the stress and find a way to deal with it in the best possible manner. Working closely with our clients, our goal is to help you improve your life and live the life you’ve always dreamed of. By working together, we help you to reach your goals and find solutions that work for you. 

What Is Stress?

Stress is a condition wherein a person feels overwhelmed and unable to cope with emotional or mental feelings. It may involve fight or flight syndrome and a person may feel that they have no other choice but to fight out the situation, or to flee. It can cause a person to feel like they are locked in a very small room and helpless, it can cause a person to hyperventilate, it can create a sensation that you can’t breathe. There are many physical manifestations of stress that the body can feel.

health effects of chronic stress

What Is Chronic Stress?

Chronic stress is stress that is ongoing and doesn’t seem to ever leave for weeks or months on end. It may be due to the loss of a loved one, it may be due to underemployment and the need for increased income, it may be due to trauma or trauma bonding, it may be due to abuse. There are as many causes of chronic stress as there are solutions. 


What Are The 5 Effects That Stress Has On Health?

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Digestive issues
  • Sleeping issues (sleeping too much or too little)
  • Heart disease
  • Cortisol levels fluctuate


How Does Stress Affect Mental Health?

Stress can create anxiety and depression. Both of these can rapidly become mental health issues if left unchecked. It’s normal to feel anxiety or depression periodically in life. The death of a loved one for example would create a short-term depression for many, the anxiety of an uncertain future would create anxiety. These are examples of how stress, left untreated, can create long-term mental health issues and deprive a person of the life that they love. 


What Is Stress Management?

Our services include stress management. Here we work closely with our clients to help them find ways to manage and cope with their stress. We help find the root cause of the stress and then work toward ways that the client can solve their problems safely and healthily. 

Through counseling and therapy and medication when required, we help our clients find their way back to enjoying their lives. Stress doesn’t have to rule their lives and we work to find ways to cope with the stress that has robbed our clients of their happiness. 

If you or someone you love is struggling to deal with stress, give us a call at (208) 552-0855, and let’s set up a meeting to help find a way to reduce your stress. Our counselors are all highly trained professionals who work closely with clients to help them find happiness again.