Oct
05

What Happens When Stress Doesn’t Go Away?

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Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?

Often people wonder whether they feel depressed because of the stressors in their life, or whether things seem stressful because they’re depressed.  You could ask the same question about anxiety.  I believe that the causal relationship goes both ways.  People’s emotional predispositions combine with their life circumstances to result in their symtpoms.

The Role of Stress

Can constant stress literally cause a mood disorder? Possibly. Of course, not everyone with depression or anxiety has experienced a very stressful event — such as the death of a loved one, moving to a new town, or losing a job. And not everyone who is under stress develops depression or anxiety. But stressful events may induce changes in brain chemistry that predispose you to depression and anxiety.

Usually, we think of stress as a bad thing. But at its most basic level, stress is helpful. When your mind senses a dangerous situation — such as an animal about to attack — it triggers your body to react with the “fight or flight” response, which helps you do one of those two things.

The hypothalamus brain region signals your adrenal glands to release a surge of hormones…  (click here to read entire article)

Anda Jines MS LCPC offers mental health counseling services in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, in Tinley Park (60477); near Orland Park, Oak Forest, Palos Heights, Mokena, and Frankfort.

Categories : Stress and Anxiety

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