Free Stress & Anxiety Management Articles

Professional Authors - Professional Articles

Did You Know That Chronic Stress Can Lead to Depression

Although depression is sometimes actually considered a medical illness that involves both the body and the mind. When you tend to be lean toward depression, this then means that chronic stress can only aid in that depression. Even those who don't seem to get depressed often can find themselves battling it if there is a lot of stress in their lives. The reason for this is that stress can affect the body and the emotional health of an individual. Doctors have discovered that if there are changes in the hypothalamus and the pituitary glands due to stress that there can be mental and emotional problems that will arise. Although some genetics and personality traits are more susceptible to being depressed if a person suffers from chronic stress can put them at a high risk for clinical depression.

There are some personalities that are naturally far more sensitive to the affects of stress on their mind and body and their reactions and how they respond to stress can increase the risk of psychological problems that can cause depression.

What stress does is disrupts normal patterns of behavior and responses to the stimulus of stress and this will then disrupt the equilibrium of the person and their ability to cope well under duress or stressful situations. When the brain sees things that may appear to be harmful to the person or if it seems like a situation that is harmful it will prepare the body for a response. It is then the nervous system that is called into respond and different hormones will be released to the different senses of the body. This can raise a person's pulse rate, their respiration rate and the muscles can become tense. This is simply the body and it's way of trying to deal with what is perceived as possible danger or better known as the fight or flight response.

Some stress is good, in mild doses it gives us the ability to accomplish things, it allows us to achieve things that otherwise we might not achieve if we were not given a little stress to stimulate us. But chronic stress is not what we want in our lives and this can completely wear down your body if it is constantly being bombarded with all of the biological reactions and signals your body sends you when it is put on alert all of the time. It also should be noted that if stress is left unresolved this could lead to more serious psychological problems and disorders.

When a person is depressed and if it's caused from stress, the symptoms of both can actually overlap one another. The signs of depression are some of the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Changes in Appetite
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Digestive Problems
Stress is manifested in the exact same manner so it makes it hard to distinguish between the two since their symptoms are basically the same. This is why it's important that stress does not go unresolved. If you can resolve the stress then the symptoms should go away. However, if they don't go away then it could mean that over time the stress has led to depression which in turn is far harder to combat than the stress itself.

Since the two can't be easily distinguished by a lay person it's a good idea to take the issue to your doctor. You doctor will be able to figure out with the right questions asked whether your depression is caused by stress and treatment could be as simple as learning how to relax, exercise, meditation, prayer or yoga. If the depression is caused from a different source then there may be a need for medication as well as psychotherapy.

Post has no comments.
Post a Comment

Captcha Image

exhaustion over stressed life-changing event sleeplessness overtired child caregivers music preventative measures herbal teas support systems internal biochemistry work overload music stress stress balls anxiety resources hold your ground perspective elderly parents stress related disease enough rest lack of food calm person unexpected panic attacks response cancer tips self-awareness demanding social problems health professional current affairs relaxation method sleep deprivation strain avoiding anger management body sends discomfort regular exercise oesteopathy thinking positive stroke blood flow headaches relieving stress body changes homeopathy brainwave patterns emergency financial assistance anxiety attacks extreme discomfort symptoms of anxiety health insurance heart attack fight stress panic attack aroma therapy mens problems PTSD essential vitamins managing stress be positive headache mental stress relaxation technique food stress quality of life reducing stress linea negra medical problems irritability anxiety advice society self-confidence day dreams abnormal anxiety fruits stamina fall asleep housework issues enjoying music obsessive compulsive post traumatic stress disorder shakes pregnancy daily school work normal emotion medical illness oxygen prayer age group family friends reduce stress physical ailments healthy diet assertiveness physical symptoms mental fear day care center money sources aerobics safe home calm down normal life mineral supplements stress management technique therapy palpitations parents breathing exercises triggers anger spine solve problems herbal medicine daily hassles simple herbs pressure help sooth stressed out harmful person feels stress violet leaves toddler concentrate diabetes medicine hormones healthy people stay firm nature sounds vacation cortisol gym advice preparation paranoia outbursts stress your own stress grief chiropractic hormonal fluctuations death chronic stress practice tests relaxing walk deep breathing psychological problems stress management tips management tips laughter management program inflammation tremors employee relationships encouragement understanding distress child anxiety weight gain breath quality time depression aromatherapy eat right sleep acute anxiety break job stress confidence emotional strain panic antioxidant unbalanced nutrition chronic disease bad habits toxins increased oxygen classical music stress related illnesses war experience severe depression support debts delegate work adult stress vacations withdrawn hateful teen child's feelings stressful job anxiety enough sleep muscle strain saying no blood pressure accepting nightmares music therapy traumatic event detoxification major problem proper diet major stress compulsive anxiety disorder guided imagery urinary system passionflower leaves disease intense fear sitting physical exercise healthy work staying healthy skills pain management daily life childbirth negative thoughts healthy breakfast say no help nurses anxiety help panic attacks personal goals get rest sunlight vitamin e meditation physical sleep routine new people sadness external event psychosis relaxation talking about it stress help tough job heart pump experience concentration job loss fear running symptoms coping with stress physical strain risk factors squeezing motion stomach acupuncture cause depression natural medications diseases insomnia frustration growing baby right music saying yes cardiovascular system crying take control disorder relaxing sounds stress levels understanding nettle shallow breathing major life change hot flashes anxiety disorder stressors stress management high blood pressure different natural disasters sleep deficient combat stress shutting yourself away calmness personal relationships personal stress therapist avoid stress completely life events life stressors gastro-urinary-system coping stress elderly parents moving teachers psychological challenge consequences relaxation techniques aerobic exercise lifestyle factors stress reducing food health giving feeling depresses rape abusive patience strong immunity yoga pain physically sick Vitamin C intestines illness unnecessary stress stressful situation anxiety trigger stressful situations positive thoughts indicators physical body stress relief fitness schedule fighting stress eat healthy pillow therapy experiences metabolism fight or flight stress level loss of privileges smoking chills nervous jitters drinking overeating vital signs test taking lack of respect weight loss talk flashbacks trauma survivors cope with stress psychological racing thoughts stress relieving childhood stress relieve stress

Copyright 2016 - Free Info Site Enterprises
Privacy Policy  |  Copyright Policy  |  Website Use Policy  |  Non Endorsement Policy  |  Contact Us  

Health Blogs
blog links