Stress

Stress Defined:
Stress is an emotional, physical, and mental response to an event or situation perceived as threatening or excessively challenging to an individual’s sense of wellbeing. Several key areas can leave an individual feeling stressed, including major changes in family life or life-style, emotional issues, and work expectations. There are times when stress can be helpful. For example, short-term stress can encourage you to meet a deadline at work or accomplish goals around the home. However, there is healthy stress, and then there is out-of-control stress that can be harmful to your wellbeing. Long-term, out-of-control stress can increase the risk of Depression (See Depression, heart disease, and a variety of other physical and mental health problems.

Symptoms/Signs of Stress:

  • Out-of-control Stressful and/or Anxious Feelings
  • Worry
  • Self-Criticism or Self-Blame
  • Inability to Sleep
  • Altered Eating Habits
  • Increased Agitation
  • Aggression or Violence
  • Withdrawal from Family and Friends
  • Decrease in Work Performance
  • Depression (See Depression)

BMS Treatment Options for Stress:

Stress Screenings can help you measure the level of stress you experience and determine the appropriateness of either self-regulation or professional stress counseling. Counseling Services will help you prioritize the list of stressors in your life based on the degree of negative impact to you. Stress therapy solutions can keep out-of-control stress at a manageable level with a proactive stress control plan. Family Outreach is an effective program for children and adolescents struggling to cope with the signs and symptoms of stress.

Contact Behavior Management Systems for an individual assessment on stress counseling and stress therapy solutions.

More Information about Stress from APA.org
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