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Stress: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Stress, when defined commonly, refers to the feeling that a person may experience when they are overloaded (mostly emotionally and psychologically) and they are struggling to cope up with the demands of everyday life, whether personal or professional. Stress is actually a mechanism of the body by which it protects you. When a person perceives danger, the body’s defenses start working and they exhibit a rapid, automatic response known as the ‘ fight or flight response’ or the ‘stress response’. When a person feels threatened, the nervous system releases a number of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol and these prepare the body for an emergency response. The manifestations of this condition include increased heart beat, muscle tightening, high blood pressure, quicker breaths and sharpening of senses. These changes help a person to focus, speed his/her reaction time and also increases strength and stamina.

Stress can manifest itself in a number of different ways. The cognitive symptoms of stress include memory problems, anxiety, poor judgement, constant worrying and negative thoughts. The emotional symptoms may include depression, moodiness, anxiety, loneliness and isolation, a feeling of being overwhelmed and other mental problems. The physical symptoms include aches, pains, nausea, dizziness, loss of sex drive, rapid heartbeat and chest pain.

Some of the ways by which stress can be managed are being aware of how much stress a person is under, determine which factors are causing stress to increase in your life, taking charge and deal with the unhelpful sources of stress before they snowball into something unbearable and making prudent choices regarding your life so that he/she can deal with stress better. However, sometimes,a person may be prescribed sleep inducing pills or anxiety management medications if they are having too much difficulty in coping with stress.

How is the treatment done?

One of the most effective ways to deal with stress is to lead an active lifestyle. Doctors all over world advise people to incorporate some exercises in their routine so that they can better deal with stress. Regular exercise helps to elevate the mood and allows you escape from the cycle of negative thoughts that cause stress. Exercises like running, jogging, walking, swimming and cycling help you to deal with stress effectively. If a person is feeling agitated or insecure, there is no better way to relieve stress than to have a face-to-face conversation with another human being. A friendly conversation with another human being helps to calm and soothe the nervous system. A person without any close social relationships should make it a point to develop strong bonds.

Engaging any of your five senses namely- touch, sight, sound, smell and taste can help to effectively deal with stress. A person might get de-stressed by eating or someone might feel relaxed by listening to his/her favorite song. Similarly, relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation and deep breathing help a person to reach a state of restfulness that is complete opposite to the state of feeling stressed. Regular practice of these techniques will help a person to deal with the symptoms of stress more effectively.

Finally, a healthy diet can go a long way to help a person to deal with stress. Food eaten can help to improve or worsen a person’s mood and so, it is imperative to include foods rich in proteins, fresh vegetables and fruits in the diet. Stress can be dealt with a proper night’s sleep. However, people are often prescribed medicines to deal with anxiety and depression by a doctor.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Any person can suffer from stress as it a normal bodily reaction to feelings of demand or threat. The treatment for stress normally does not include any medication but involves making substantial changes in the lifestyle of the concerned person. So a person is eligible for treatment of stress if he/she experiences the symptoms associated with stress. There can be different types of manifestations of the symptoms of stress. They are physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral. A person can undergo treatment if he/she experiences any of these symptoms.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

The treatment for stress generally involves making some behavioral and lifestyle changes in a person suffering from stress. This mode of treatment does not have any side-effects and nobody in general is ineligible for this treatment.

Are there any side effects?

Some of the side-effects of medicines to treat anxiety are low blood pressure, nausea, libido, depression, lack of coordination, emotional dysfunction, memory loss and decrease in IQ. A person suffering from stress may take anti-depressants to alleviate the symptoms. The side-effects of anti-depressants include headache, sexual dysfunction, diarrhea, dizziness and weight gain/loss. The behavioral therapy and lifestyle changes do not produce much side-effects.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

It is difficult to point out the post-treatment guidelines for stress as the condition requires constant monitoring and management. However, there are some guidelines that a person can follow to prevent stress after he/she has undertaken stress management procedure and taken medications. These are: reducing intake of alcohol, drugs and caffeine as these substances make the condition worse. A person should be a little organized and focus on what is important rather than losing their sleep over trivial issues. A person should put some time aside for himself/herself each day so that he/she can use that time to relax, organize and do whatever he/she wants to do.

How long does it take to recover?

Stress is a condition where a person’s body responds to perceptions of stress or danger. It is essentially an emotional and psychological condition that can be triggered by a number of ways. A person can use stress management techniques, self-help techniques and medication to keep stress at bay. But the recovery depends on the resolve of the patient and also on his ability to address the root of the problem. Hence, it is difficult to determine how long it will take to overcome stress.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

A doctor may charge anything between Rs 500 – Rs 1500 for a check-up. He will provide useful tips about how to keep stress at bay. Antidepressants may cost anything between Rs 26 – Rs 1650 in India and it depends on the composition and quantity of the medicine. A person can suffer from stress due to some mental condition. Treatment of stress, in this case, will require the treatment of the mental disorder. In such a scenario, a person will have to spend much more.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Stress is an emotional and psychological response to some external trigger. There are different approaches by which stress can be managed. However, there is no permanent treatment for stress as a person may feel stressed due to a number of factors even after undergoing treatment. He will have to adhere to some strict guidelines and will have to make serious lifestyle changes to prevent stress. However, this is not always possible in today’s cut-throat world.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Some research studies have shown that the effects of white passionflower are comparable to benzodiazepine drugs and, thus, can be used to treat stress. A good massage by a trained person can help to relieve stress almost immediately. Today’s generation are hooked onto their gadgets- whether it is mobile or laptop or tablet. Disconnecting from these gadgets can help to relax and ultimately prevent oneself from getting stressed. Aromatherapy can also bring immediate relief from stress by elevating mood, reducing anxiety and helping the person to focus and concentrate.

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Rs 26 - Rs 1650

Popular Health Tips

What Is Abhyanga and How It Can Help In Healing?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Diploma In Panchkarma
Ayurveda, Jhalawar
What Is Abhyanga and How It Can Help In Healing?

While medicine is making advances at a rapid pace, it makes some good sense to pay attention to ancient medicine, especially when it can not only relax a person who is stressed, but also has the potential to heal.

The form of medicine which is being spoken about here is Ayurveda, which has its origins in India and has been practiced for about 5,000 years. According to Ayurveda, over time, stress and toxins accumulate in the body and the way to get rid of them is by having a daily massage, which is known as abhyanga.

In this kind of massage, there is no need for a masseur or masseuse. You can massage yourself with oil. The important thing about abhyanga is that it should be comprehensive and must cover the full body. When it comes to the choice of oil, cured sesame oil works wonders, as do herbal massage oils and aroma massage oils. A good aroma oil is usually a blend of coconut and lavender.

Benefits of Abhyanga Healing-
By practising abhyanga, the lustre of the skin is greatly improved. Once you make abhyanga a part of your daily routine, your skin is bound to attain increased radiance over time.

Apart from giving you a fresh skin, abhyanga also helps in reducing your fatigue levels and as a result of the same, you stamina levels seem to be much higher. All this goes a long way in improving the quality of sleep one has, which yields more productivity during the time you spend working. In short, not only does abhyanga possess the potential to improve one’s health, but also indirectly helps an individual manage his work front better.

Many people are of the opinion that only physically tough exercises can result in an improvement of the muscle tone of the body. However, this is not necessarily true as is proved by abhyanga, which is a great relaxing way to go about improving the tone of the muscles. The nervous system is also done a big favour as a side effect of practising abhyanga. It has a very calming effect on the nerves.

Moreover, there is good news for people who have issues with joints and bones – abhyanga helps improve lubrication in the joints. So, with the power of abhyanga, one can delay the knee replacement, or not even need it, at all!

Last but not the least, abhyanga helps in detoxification of the body as the warm oil massage leads to the removal of toxins from the system.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Managing Stress With Homeopathy!

BHMS, MBA (Healthcare)
Homeopath, Hubli-Dharwad
Managing Stress With Homeopathy!

Stress is the physical or emotional response of the body to an internal or external stimulus that upsets the equilibrium of the body. The contemporary lifestyle causes a lot of stress which may have adverse impacts on your health. The stress hormones which are secreted in animals only during starvation, childbirth or torture are secreted in human beings all the time.

Natural remedies like homeopathy can be used to combat stress without harmful side effects. Since stress is responsible for several health problems and homeopathy aims at eliminating the root cause of said disorders, these remedies can cure a lot of stress-related problems too. The common homeopathic medicines used to deal with stress are:

  1. Arsenicum album is beneficial for people who are anxious, fastidious, nervous or excessively critical. It is also used for patients who exhibit tendencies of paranoia, such as arriving hours early for an appointment out of an irrational fear of being late.
  2. Calcarea carbonica is the appropriate remedy for work-related stress or burnout. Often, people feel an intense amount of pressure at their workplaces because they feel they are constantly being watched and evaluated, are afraid of making even minor mistakes or have strict deadlines to meet.
  3. Gelsemium is an immediate solution to anxiety and apprehension caused by an upcoming event such as a performance, an interview or a test. Gelsemium can relieve symptoms like short-term paralysis, increased pulse rate, dizziness, nausea and indigestion.
  4.  Argenticum nitrum is useful for nervous fits and impulses caused by suggestibility and extreme mental exertion.
  5. Ignatia amara is used to deal with depression caused by stress factors like humiliation, fear, guilt and loss. People who go into shock can also be treated with ignatia.
  6. Kali phosphoricum can provide relief from exhaustion due to over work or prolonged illness. The patient becomes over-sensitive, anxious and feels unable to cope with stress.
  7. Natrum muriaticum is the treatment for symptoms like insomnia, claustrophobia, frequent headaches and pain around the eyes. It is also used to treat stress caused by isolation and dejection.
  8. Pulsatillais is the remedy for mild or violent mood swings caused by stress. The patient may alternate between over-excitement and depression within a very short period of time.
  9. Sepia is the homeopathic medicine that is used to treat patients of stress who have developed cognitive defects and memory problems.  

Quick Stress Management Tips-

1. Avoid Alcohol, Caffeine and Nicotine-
Avoid, or at least reduce your consumption of nicotine and any drinks containing alcohol and caffeine. 

2. Indulge in Physical Activity-
Even a 30mins walk can help you reduce your stress for the day. 

3. Get More Sleep-
A lack of sleep is a significant cause of stress. So get at least 8hours of sound sleep.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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How To Eat Healthy When You Are Leading A Stressful Life?

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Pune
How To Eat Healthy When You Are Leading A Stressful Life?

In today’s life, there is very little you can do about the stressors in your life. The only thing you can do something about is how you let stress affect you. And the best place to start is with is your diet. According to Ayurveda, diet is medicine. Hence, let the food you eat be the bedrock of healthy living. And this will protect you against the harmful effects of the chronic stress we all live with.

How to eat healthy in stressful times?

  1. Delete simple sugars and starch like chips, cakes and ice cream: The spike in blood sugar and insulin that junk food causes can in conjunction with your higher levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, make you overeat and put you at risk of insulin insensitivity and diabetes. Stress makes us reach out to ‘bad’ comfort foods like sugary snacks and high-calorie foods that can also exacerbate other conditions in the body. Hence, it’s always better to snack on good foods like fruits.
  2. Avoid caffeinated food and drinks like chocolate and coffee: Caffeine not only increases levels of certain stress hormones, but it also mimics their effects in the body, like increasing the heart rate.
  3. High- fibre foods should be your friends: Fruits and veggies which come loaded with natural fibres are your best friends. So are other high fibre foods like oats. They not only cleanse your gut but also provide nutrients for protection against the immune-sapping effects of chronic stress.
  4. Include complex carbohydrates in your daily diet: These release sugars steadily into your bloodstream and keeps your blood sugar levels balanced. They also help your brain to release more of the mood-enhancing chemical, serotonin.
  5. Eat little and often: This is ideal for those stressful times. Your stomach will not be overloaded and frequent eating will keep your metabolism ticking over all day. Do not miss breakfast, even though you may not feel hungry, as this is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast will kick start your metabolism for the day and also help to stabilise your blood sugar levels. These two things will reduce stress drastically. For breakfast, choose fruit or fruit juice and a whole-grain cereal for optimum benefits.
  6. Focus on getting more vitamins and minerals: Make it a thumb rule to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day. Focus on foods containing Vitamins B and C, and Magnesium as B Vitamins can help you feel more energetic after a stressful episode.
    • Vitamin B containing foods- Bananas, leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds and also meat, fish, milk, curd, cheese.
    • Vitamin C – The adrenal glands which produce cortisol in response to stress have the largest store of vitamin C in the body. These get depleted of Vitamin C during chronic stress. So eat citrus fruits such as oranges, tomatoes, lime and leafy green vegetables like broccoli to replenish.
    • Magnesium helps relax muscles and reduces anxiety so eat more nuts and peanuts to replenish.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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How Exercising Can Help Get Over Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Advance Diploma Child & Guidance Counselling, Post Graduate Diploma In Clinical Psychologist
Psychologist, Jodhpur
How Exercising Can Help Get Over Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Being a victim or witnessing a horrific accident or personal assault can leave you shocked and scarred. Sometimes, these conditions last for months and years with memories of the traumatic incident triggering intense emotional and physical responses. This is known as post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. It is a fairly common anxiety syndrome and can be treated in a number of ways including drugs, exercise and psychotherapy. However, this treatment aims only to control the disorder and there is no known cure for PTSD as yet.

Exercise not only keeps the body fit, but also helps the body release endorphins. Endorphins help fight stress, fear and pain. Thus, exercising helps focus on the body and its movements instead of your fears. It can also help elevate the mood of a person. Low to moderate intensity exercising is ideal for a PTSD patient. Aerobics, pilates, yoga or martial arts like tai chi are known to be effective ways of reducing stress and anxiety in PTSD patients. Breathing exercises like pranayama can also help calm and relax the mind.

Exercise for a PTSD patient should be planned in repetitive sets. This enables the person to slowly master the type of exercise being done and regain control and confidence in himself. It also needs to be predictable so as to avoid triggering a PTSD emotional or physical response. Non competitive exercises are better than competitive exercises as it does not create an opportunity for the person to feel stressed. Exercising and practicing breathing techniques can also help a person analyze himself and his response to stressful situations. By understanding their reactions, a person can slowly bring about changes to handle stress in a better way.

For a PTSD patient, exercise should not be seen as a group activity but as an individual effort to increase self control. Patience is key here both for the patient and the therapist. It is also necessary for the person to have realistic goals from his exercise regimen. An exercise program for PTSD patients also needs to be flexible. In order to meet the needs of a patient, it may need to be changed in accordance to the medication he is under. Small incidents like having a flat tire when cycling can trigger anxiety in a person suffering from PTSD. However, if dealt with correctly, it can bolster confidence in the long run.

Lastly, exercising also helps improve self-image and build confidence which helps a PTSD patient break out of his protective shell and socialize with others.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Child Abuse - How It Can influence The Future?

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Ahmedabad
Child Abuse - How It Can influence The Future?

Child sexual abuse is a pressing issue in society today. Statistically, there has been a considerable increase in the number of cases related to juvenile sex abuse over the past decade. Most of the cases report the abuser to be a close family member or a family friend rather than a complete stranger.

Future Consequences-

  1. A sexually abused child may develop severe mental health conditions and have major difficulties coping with as an adult. One of the most common disorders affecting survivors of child sexual abuse is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This involves the individual reliving the trauma all his/her life, thus leading to panic, stress and difficulties in living a healthy life in the longer run.

  2. The individuals who were abused as a child normally suffer from a very low self -esteem. They continue to blame themselves for the events that occurred and hence have a rather demeaning view of themselves, leading to adjustment issues in the future.

  3. They may also be diagnosed with clinical depression owing to the previous trauma. This hampers the everyday functioning of the individual. The individual may continue to relive the past traumatic events in the mind that further fuels their depression and contribute to the vicious cycle, eventually.

  4. Most often, survivors of child sexual abuse have a rather impulsive nature owing to the hampered functioning of impulse-control. They have lesser control over their emotions, especially anger and are rather quick to act on it.

  5. Because of all the complications, they might be less socially competent and thus fail to build firm peer relationships. They grow up to be adults with severe trust issues; they are hence, often side-lined because of their cynicism which leads to further depressive symptoms.

  6. Genophobia or the fear of sex is another complication that they may experience as adults. They may avoid sex altogether or engage in sexual activities that are rather violent in nature. Some survivors may develop certain sexual fetishes that can be rather dangerous; the most common being ‘paedophilia’ or the sexual arousal involving prepubescent children.

Conclusion-

The seriousness of the condition is often undermined. In treatment, various therapeutic techniques are used according to the need and age of the patient. Therapists work to promote positive thinking among the sufferers so that it becomes easy for them to accept their past and move on in life with a better outlook. With proper guidance and help, the individuals are able to overcome their mental health issues and live a wholesome life.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Popular Questions & Answers

Am feeling lost, tired, high stress levels, shattered personal life, no interest in doing any work, so many questions without any answers.

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Feeling low, having crying spells, sleep and appetite disturbances, and difficulty in concentration and attention are some of the signs of Depression. Consult a Psychiatrist for a detailed assessment. It is likely with medication and counseling the symptoms will improve. If you are feeling suicidal or hopeless consult a Psychiatrist immediately.
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Hi. Actually I love someone and he loves me too and we want to marry each other but my parents not agreed due to caste and job issue actually he earns 20000/- month but I know I will be happy with him. I don't know what to do to convince my parents. because I think understanding matters between two person rather than money but my parents says money matters and I can't live without him please help me I am in big stress please help me for that.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
Money does matter but not to the extent that it becomes the be-all and end-all. Love is not enough. There are too many stresses in life and cash shortage can be a huge problem at that time. It is one of the identified contributors to end a marriage. Why is he not talking about his promotional chances, job changes, and further education to improve his prospects? To a large extent the caste and other matters may be overlooked but your sustenance is dependent on your incomes. so have a frank talk with yoru BF and make a sensible decision. Talk to your parents about the prospects to sway their opinion in your favour.
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I'm suffering from stress and over thinking and how to overcome these issues and negative thinking and suicidal thoughts? Help me out.

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Feeling low, having crying spells, sleep and appetite disturbances, and difficulty in concentration and attention are some of the signs of Depression. Consult a Psychiatrist for a detailed assessment. It is likely with medication and counseling the symptoms will improve. If you are feeling suicidal or hopeless consult a Psychiatrist immediately.

I am so much stressed, I have no one to talk. My parents are so abusive. If I try to talk about my problem they say go dir or leave my house. I want to die, but am scared of suicide I do not know what to do.

MS - Counselling & Psychotherapy, Master of Arts In Clinical Psychology, Bachelor of Arts - Psychology & English Literature
Psychologist, Coimbatore
Hi lybrate-user, I am really sorry for the emotional pain you are undergoing, but suicide is definitely not the solution for all your problems. Your parents may be abusive, but try to ignore their negative response or impact on you. Life has got good and bad in everything, we need to face life with courage and strong mind. In future stop telling your problems to your parents unless it is an emergency. It would be better for you to discuss this and try to overcome this problem with the help of a Professional Psychologist who will help you to cope up with the same. If you are interested you can contact me either through text chat or online consultation yes you are most welcome.
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I have stressed with my startup and work load. Can you please suggest me some tricks to stay positive and energetic all time.

M.Phil - Psychology, M.Sc - Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Zirakpur
Too much stress can interfere with your work output and health. Some tips to help you are: 1. Keep a track of things for a week or so which usually lead to stress and how you tend to respond to them. Once you know the exact situation that are stressful, you can then think of ways to deal with them in a effective manner. 2. Divide your work into short term and long term goals which are achievable. E.g. How much work to get completed in a day/ week and how much you want to accomplish in a month or 3 months. Then decide on much time you need to devote to get the work completed. Once you start achieving short term targets you will feel positive about yourself. Also give yourself appropriate rewards for completing your tasks at regular intervals. 3. Take short breaks while working on targets e.g. 15 minutes after every 1 hr of work. Do something recreational in that time. 4. Take life easy and include some hobbies in your daily routine which will help you to rejuvenate. 5. Get ample sleep and have proper diet. 6. The importance of exercise in daily routine cannot be neglected. So start will small steps and gradually increase it.

Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
Having issues? Consult a doctor for medical advice