Despite increasing prosperity, Canadians, on average, are less happy than they were a generation ago and a significant number of people feel they have lost control of their lives.
Change is stressful, even positive change can be stressful. One of the best predictors of strain is the Life Events Scale through which you are simply asked to indicate how many of a variety of common life events you have experienced in the past year. You add them up and more events predict more stress. Change = stress.
Too much change happening too fast, too much uncertainty, and too much demand on peoples’ time and energy can leave them feeling anxious and “stressed out.”
Many physical illnesses are the result of stress and most, if not all, mental health problems are due to stress. In fact, 43% of adults suffer adverse health effects due to stress and 75 to 90% of all visits to family doctors are stress-related.
We all have some stress in our lives; some stress is good and we are built to handle it! Stress is stimulation. Stress is arousal. Arousal motivates us and moves us towards acting and coping in adaptive ways. No arousal is no good. Too little stress, uncertainty, stimulation and challenge is boring!
However, too much stress for too long leaves us feeling anxious, stressed, and “burned out.”
When we get stressed our body responds to adapt and that response in humans includes a cascade of physiological changes that are fine and adaptive in the short-run but really problematic if experienced for too long. Symptoms of long-term stress include:
These physiological changes result in:
Carrying too much stress for too long can lead to serious mood and anxiety problems, including major depressive disorder. Fortunately, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has been demonstrated to be very effective in helping people to manage stress better. Because stress is associated with a number of other kinds of problems, including anxiety, depression, and substance use , the first step towards effective CBT for stress management is a proper and thorough differential diagnostic assessment by a psychiatrist or psychologist.
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