Stress is a common problem faced by many individuals. According to a Statistics Canada survey in 2012, 6.4 million Canadians reported being stressed. There are numerous factors that may cause stress in an individual’s life, such as difficulties at work or at home, health concerns, financial burdens, schoolwork, job loss, major changes in life, or your social surroundings. While mild forms of stress may not have negative repercussions, symptoms of poorly managed stress could include heart disease, sleep problems, irritability, rapid heart beat, addictive behaviours, muscle tension, or overeating.
Treatment for Stress
Treatment for stress may include medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. If you think that you are dealing with stress, and some of the related health issues, consult your family doctor. By seeking therapy, the psychologist or psychotherapist may use Cognitive Behavior Therapy to address the clients’ automatic negative thoughts and the resulting actions or behavior. The therapist may use relaxation techniques or discuss stress management tools to ease the negative symptoms of poorly managed stress.
Resources for Stress
Canadian Psychological Association:
American Psychological Association:
Canadian Mental Health Association: