Within the past five years, about half of Americans have reported experienced increasing amounts of stress, which can affect virtually every aspect of your overall health. That’s why the dedicated providers at Thriving Center of Psychology in Midtown, New York, NY, SoHo, NY, Los Angeles, CA, and Miami, FL, are available to offer comprehensive stress management. If you’ve been weighed down by stress, call today or go to the website to book an in-person or TeleHealth appointment.

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Stress Q & A

What is stress?

Some stress is a regular part of everyday life. In healthy amounts, stress is often the body’s response to a situation or demand that requires attention, like studying for an exam or staying motivated during exercise. Stress can also occur during a significant life change, like having a baby or graduating from college.

Stress by itself isn’t necessarily bad, but it shouldn’t persist for weeks or months, and it shouldn’t negatively affect your health. You might need help if your stress begins to affect your work functioning, your relationships, and the way you think. 

Do I need to see a doctor for stress?

When stress interferes with your daily life, it’s a good idea to get help from the experienced and caring providers at Thriving Center of Psychology. They recommend seeking medical attention for stress if you:

  • Binge eat or skip meals
  • Experience weight gain or loss
  • Sleep more than usual
  • Struggle with chronic fatigue
  • Have mood swings, can’t concentrate, or feel irritable
  • Have frequent headaches
  • Have trouble falling or staying asleep

Without proper mental health care, stress can diminish your physical health. It can increase your risk of depression, coronary artery disease, weight gain, and other serious conditions. 

How is stress treated?

Your psychologist or licensed therapist will recommend a combination of therapies to help you manage your stress. Your treatment plan at Thriving Center of Psychology may include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Exercise
  • Regulating your sleep schedule, even on the weekends
  • Psychotherapy (talk therapy)
  • Couples therapy

In addition, to these treatments, some clients also benefit from prescription medications. For example, treating depression might require an antidepressant. If you’re struggling with depression, Thriving Center of Psychology practitioner could recommend one or more antidepressants to help stabilize your brain chemicals and restore your mental well-being. 

Unfortunately, overcoming stress doesn’t happen overnight. Following your treatment plan over time will help alleviate your symptoms and reduce your long-term stress. Thriving Center of Psychology is there to help you every step along the way.

If you’re feeling overwhelming stress, the compassionate professionals at Thriving Center of Psychology can help. To schedule your stress evaluation, go online or call the clinic directly to talk to a team member.