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Stress - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

Stress is a way our body responds to any kind of external demands or threats. When the body feels threatened, the nervous system responds by releasing a plethora of stress hormones which include cortisol and adrenaline. Hormones which arouse the body for any emergency actions. These hormones make the muscles tighten, the heart to pound faster, makes the breathing quicker so that the senses can become sharper for handling the stress.

These stress fighting hormones also bring in physical changes. It increases stamina and strength, quickens reaction time and enhances focusing abilities. In other words, these are the ways your body protects you by mobilising stress response to fight external stress elements that can harm your body. However, when you find elements within your comfort zone, stress factors can help you to stay energetic, focused and alert. Also in emergency situations, stress factors can save your life by providing additional strength to defend yourself. It can help you to meet new challenges. Stress is the quintessential factor that helps to keep you on your toes, sharpens your concentration, or drive you to fulfil your goals. But then, when stress happens beyond the comfort zone, signs of stress are not at all helpful, as it can also cause major damage to your mind and body, sometimes even beyond repair. The human body often performs a poor job while distinguishing between life-threatening events and the daily stressors that we factor in our day to day life. For an example, when you are into an argument with your friend or got caught in a traffic jam, your body can still react as if you are confronting a life-or-death situation.

So when you repeatedly experience stress repose in your daily life, it can lead to serious health issues, like high blood pressure and blood sugar and other similar stress related ailments. Stress can upset your digestive system, kill your immunity, and increase the risk of heart attacks and stroke. Stress is at times also responsible for speeding up your ageing process, if the stress factors continue for a prolonged period of time.

Other health hazards exacerbated by stress are:

  • Weight gain problems
  • Reproductive issues
  • Pain of any kind
  • Dermatological diseases such as eczema
  • Sleep disturbances and
  • Cognitive problems, such as temporary memory loss

As we all are different, some of us are able to face the challenges of life, while many of us cannot and so often tend to crumble in the face of small obstacles. There are also many who even thrive on the excitement of a high-stressed lifestyle. Emotional awareness, the quality of your relationships and support network, your physical activity chart, your diet regime and your attitude and outlook that enhances stress tolerance and helps us to fight stress in our lives.

Can't be cured, but treatment helps Usually self diagnosable Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
Depression or general unhappiness Moodiness, irritability, or anger Diarrhea or constipation Chest pain, rapid heart rate Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax Sleeping too much or too little Nausea, dizziness

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Performance Anxiety - 5 Associated Reasons

Dr. Yogesh Tandon 94% (597 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Delhi
Performance Anxiety - 5 Associated Reasons
Sex is supposed to be enjoyable but it isn't always the case. If you are too preoccupied wondering about your physical appearance and you ability in bed, sex may make you feel more stressed than relaxed. This is known as sexual performance anxiety and can even get to a point where it makes you avoid sex altogether. There may be many reasons for performance anxiety. Some of these are: - Fear that you will not be able to satisfy your partner sexually - Lack of self confidence and insecurity about your appearances - Difficulties in your relationship - The anxiety about not being able to have an orgasm - A man's fear of premature ejaculation or taking too long to orgasm Thus, this type of anxiety is not rooted in any type of medical problem. Rather than medication, a change in thinking and perception is required to treat performance anxiety. Here are a few tips that can help you. - Fight stress Stress in your daily life can spill over to your bedroom as well. This can make sex an chore rather than something to be enjoyed. Recognize your stress triggers and find ways to eliminate them. Regular exercise can be very helpful in reducing stress. - Prolong foreplay Sex does not have a time limit or need to follow a set of steps. Like any other activity, your body needs to 'warm up' for sex as well. Instead of putting pressure on yourself to control or release your orgasm, get into the flow of the moment and take it slow. Try getting intimate with your partner in ways that do not involve sex such as a massage or having a shower together. - Communicate with your partner Talk to your partner about how you feel. Understand that it is not necessary to have an orgasm every time you have sex. Talking to your partner can help ease some of the anxiety and improve your relationship. - Talk to a therapist Asking for help is not a bad thing or something you need to be ashamed of. Therapists are trained to teach you how to be more comfortable with your sexuality and can help eliminate the triggers of sexual performance anxiety. - Give up control Do not hold yourself responsible for your erections or your partner's orgasms. To a large extent sexual responsiveness is governed by the unconscious mind and hence worrying does nothing.
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5 Steps To Overcome Compulsive Indecisiveness!

Dr. Gopal Bhatia 89% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Psychiatry, Senior Resident Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, Ahmedabad
5 Steps To Overcome Compulsive Indecisiveness!
Do you find it too hard to figure out what to wear? Does taking some important decision leave you feeling paralyzed? These indicate that you suffer from compulsive indecisiveness. Struggling with this problem leaves you stuck in one place and causes you distress. Fear of taking the wrong decision is the primary reason, which makes people indecisive. It is also likely for you to bother too much about what other people think of you. Here are five important steps, which you should take for overcoming compulsive indecisiveness: Forget your fear: Fear of something often causes indecisiveness. You need to figure out and write down your fears and what you would do if these occur. If you are indecisive about a job change or whether the new job will be paying you less, you should analyze how the reduced income will affect your life and how you can deal with it. Tune into your emotions: Maximum people who suffer from compulsive indecisiveness and struggle at making major decisions tend to over analyze situations a bit too much. In some cases, you cannot create an easy perception or a suitable side for a situation in spite of stressing over it from various angles. The situation will remain the same, no matter how much you think. Write down your options, think about them, rate them, and choose the top rated option. Practice on small things: For improving upon your indecisiveness, you should start practicing by taking small decisions every day. Aim at taking 10 major decisions everyday such as where to go for lunch, which route to take to work and more. Slowly, practice taking decisions quickly instead of pondering over a situation. Try to make instant decisions in various spheres of life. Learn to trust yourself: You need to list all your strengths. Write down whether you think if you are smart, creative or funny. Ask yourself whether you can infuse your strengths into your process of decision making. Try to test your strengths in all kinds of matters. Once you are sure of your strengths, you will be able to achieve your goals without hesitation. Pick one thing at a time: You should pick things and matters one at a time to focus on. If there are several things which bother you and add to your indecisiveness, try to handle them one by one. This way you will be able to give all your focus to one matter, and overcome your fears related to it. After that, move on to another fear. It is important for you to let go and refrain yourself from analyzing whether a decision which you had taken is right or wrong. Instead, focus on activities which matter to you and do not ponder over old decisions.
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Domestic Violence - Why It Is More Than Just Physical?

Dr. Asif Iqbal Ahmed 92% (15 ratings)
MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Domestic Violence - Why It Is More Than Just Physical?
People who have been victims of domestic violence not only suffer physical abuse, but from emotional abuse as well, which may stay with them for their whole life. The trauma associated with domestic violence can be deep and takes time to heal even after the relationship with the perpetrator is over and there is no communication or contact between them. Emotional harm is greater than physical harm Women make up the significant majority of domestic violence victims. When they face violence within the home sphere, they experience a wide range of emotions like anger, sadness, powerlessness, fear, resentment, vindictiveness and much more. Physical violence not only harms their body, but their mind and spirit are equally wrecked as the memory of being physically subjugated scars them emotionally in a very deep manner and can take years to heal. Some of the long term impact of domestic violence on women is mentioned below. Physical Effects Any kind of physical injuries like bruises, cuts or dislocated joints and bones. Many women suffer from hearing impairment Loss of vision is also another effect Miscarriage or premature childbirth Sexually transmitted diseases A feeling of fatigue and weakness In certain cases, unreported domestic violence may result in homicide or murder which is the ultimate and most unfortunate manifestation of physical abuse gone too far, That is why it is important to seek help early on before things escalate too far. Mental Effects The mental effects of domestic violence take much longer time to recuperate from than the physical effects. If the shock is severe, it can render women mentally unstable for life in extreme cases. Even if a woman recovers from it, the emotional scar may remain and might manifest in the future. Depression: This is one of the worst mental effects of domestic violence is depression. The good news is depression is often temporary and can be cured. Signs of depression include a feeling of hopelessness, sadness, weight gain or loss, sleeplessness, loss of appetite and a consequent lack of interest in whatever you love to do. This can affect one s decision making ability and in extreme cases can render one suicidal. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: When you encounter any violent experience, then you are most likely to develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The signs of this disorder include frequent flashbacks of the traumatic experience, nightmares and extreme anxiety. Women who face these kinds of traumatic experiences find it difficult to cope with their present situation for a while. Counselling and support from their loved ones can heal these problems fast. Other effects of domestic violence may also include seizures, addiction and substance abuse and fainting.
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Stress - Homeopathic Remedies For It!

Dr. Madhuri Tetgure 91% (356 ratings)
BHMS, PGDEMS, Diploma in Cosmatology
Homeopath, Mumbai
Stress - Homeopathic Remedies For It!
Stress affects every aspect of our lives. It does not allow you to think or focus on anything else, tempts you to binge eat and takes control of your lifestyle. Stress can also cause severe health problems that can result in heart disease. Thus it is very necessary to learn how to control and manage stress. Managing your stress effectively can help you cope with it better and let your remain in control of your life. Homeopathy is based on the belief that the mind and body are connected. Thus by treating one, the other can benefit as well. Thus when prescribing a form of treatment for any health condition, attention is always paid to the mental state of the patient. Homeopathy can be very effective in treating and controlling stress and stress related problems. When treating stress with homeopathy, it is essential to first understand the cause of stress. Some common homeopathic remedies for stress are: 1. Arsenic Album This is usually prescribed to people who are generally anxious and nervous. People affected by the stress of being late for an event or meeting can also be given this remedy to ease the stress. Patients who benefit from this form of treatment are also often hypochondriacs who constantly feel that every minor symptom is a sign of a major illness. 2. Bryonia This is very effective remedy for all kinds of stress. It can also be used to treat stress triggered by uncertainty at the workplace and insecurity about not having enough money even though they work very hard. 3. Calcarea Carbonica This is also a common homeopathic remedy for work place related stress. People who are concerned about being observed or stressed by an upcoming deadline can be benefited by this medication. This type of stress can commonly be seen at the time of appraisals. 4. Staphysagria People who are extremely sensitive and feel that the world is unjust and unfair to them cab be benefited by Staphysagria. This is often faced by children bullied in school and people in corporate work environments. Staphysagria boosts confidence levels and thus makes the person feel less vulnerable. 5. Ignatia Emotional stress is very well treated by Ignatia. This homeopathic remedy addresses feelings of disappointment and guilt and stress that follows an emotional loss such as the loss of a loved one or breaking up for a relationship. It also fights the desire to withdraw from family and friends and moodiness.

Mind Management - A Perfect Way To Resolve Your Problems!

Dr. Prem Chand 93% (983 ratings)
MBBS, Craniosacral Balancing, Quantum Touch, Visceral manipulation
Pain Management Specialist, Panchkula
Mind Management - A Perfect Way To Resolve Your Problems!
It is good to meditate as it gives solutions of many problems & stress is released, but sometimes it becomes compulsion with no or less results. The aim of meditation is achieved with mind management and after this the mind gets the solution to all the stress and unfulfilled desires. The solutions that you get with mind management are permanent & not available anywhere else. And, once it is done the mind is left with no reason for the production of stress again in future at all and it stops permanently in case of that perticular topic and for all aspects of life. Benefits of Mind Managemnt It is a scenario where once the mind gets all the solutions it is in meditaion, in syn with work, and thinks about useful thoughts. It is an acquired practice and with time our mind can be trained. Once you start practicing it and master it is then a permanent solution for all your worries. The mind management is a simple, easy and is very less time consuming thing. It can help you find explanations and implementations that are not available anywhere. Mind management is a perfect way to guide on the path of love, respect. progress and most importantly happiness It can cure problems such as diagnosed, undiagnosed, autoimmune diseases and other number of problems with efficient and powerful techniques
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Popular Questions & Answers

Is there any home remedy (not Ayurveda medicines) but a simple home remedy things available at home to cure stress and depression.

Dr. Era Sharma Dutta 93% (76 ratings)
MBBS, MD Psychiatry, DNB (Psychiatry)
Psychiatrist, Kolkata
Dear Lybrate user There is no SIMPLE way to cure stress and depression. First of all, Depression is a medical illness which requires thorough investigation and understanding so that underlying cause can be treated. For stress, ideally stress management is the trick. This entails, understanding the source of your stress, identifying it, accepting it and working on methods to cope with it. I would recommend a stress management direction for you. You can begin by modifying your lifestyle (kicking any bad habits) and adopting healthy ones. This is a slow and life long process. And will not CURE stress. Instead just help cope with it.
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I used lot of numerous antidepressants, went to various psychiatrists. But I am feeling not normal, I am out of sight ,I didn't understand what is going. I am not aware what is going on .I am just feeling I am in other world. Some times I get aware by somehow .then I am disconnected from the surrounding then it is impossible to get aware. I can't perform work properly from one year I can't remember any thing .even if I have to remember any thing I can't remember just if any one can tell me something. My study is badly effected by this exams I can't write any thing. The pressure of exams is also .I had before this personal problem ,stress, anxiety etc.

Ms. Gajalakshmi P.T. 90% (57 ratings)
MPhil (Clinical Psychology)
Psychologist, Chennai
You might have seen many but might not have said your symptoms properly. Some psychopathology mimiks depression it might not be so. If the time spent is little and if the doctor is carried away by the word depression then you will be treated by antidepressants and you would not have got a cure. If you have not seen better results prior you undergo psychometric tests from a clinical psychologist from your area and then meet the psychiatrist with the report. That might help as certain things unresolved, unexplored and unexplained might come out in these series of tests. Finally you need to get treated by medicines and if there is a need the Dr. might suggest you psychotherapy too which ll help you in addition to pharmacotherapy.

My husband has been diagnosed erectile dysfunction. He was very much depressed due to this for few days. He doesn't have any bad habits. He not had any injury, he regularly exercise and had good food conscious. Then why he had this problem?. He was fearing to do sex now a days, I don't know how to get him from this stress.

Mr. Pb Suresh 89% (141 ratings)
M.Sc - Applied Psychology, PG Diploma in Guidance and Counselling
Psychologist, Hyderabad
You are indicating his blood flow is reduced to his penis. Since he was diagnosed, the doctor would have suggested medication to overcome this problem. Since he is health conscious, let him not worry about the condition. Regular lower body cardio like walking would help restore quickly.
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Does masturbation lead to stress depression or affect my logical thinking because after start doing masturbation I loaded interest in studies and even my favourite games get no pleasure from activities sir is this due to masturbation or a symptom of ****stress or depression******

Dr. G.R. Agrawal 96% (16936 ratings)
DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Hello, •This will ruin your conjugal life in future, causing erectile dysfunction ,premature ejeculation with shrinkage of penis.•This practice will make you weak, lethargic with shunken eyes, lack of concentration causing depression in d long run due to discharge of vital fluid from your body. •Tk, apples, carrots, mango, cheese, spinach, garlic, black chocolate, milk,eggs, pumpkin- seeds. Fish to optimise testosterone & energy, lost. •Tk, plenty of water to eliminate toxins and to regulate metabolic action •Tk, homoeo medicine: @ AshawagandhaQ -10 drops,  thrice with little water. •Avoid, caffeine, nicotine,alcohol, junk food, late sitting on computer ,watching porn in d late night. •Ensure, sound sleep for at least 7 hours in d night •Report fortnightly, please. •Your feedback matters for further followup,  please. Tk care.
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I met a guy online and started liking him. I met him personally last week but he's not willing to come in a relationship right now and asking me to wait till some time. I am depressed as I am afraid he won't turn up and might not come in relationship with me after his said date.

Dr. Jagadeesan M.S. 94% (8046 ratings)
MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
online chatting and liking is different from liking a person in real world. If he doesnt like you, better find someone who does rather than feeling depressed about him. All the best

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