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Understanding Stress Triggers

Being stressed is common among all groups of people, but is experienced most frequently in women. Whether it’s overwhelming anxiety, despair, an inability to get along with other people, or an uncontrollable temper triggered by insignificant things, the cause is simple: life. Whatever the trigger is, stress can lead to medical conditions that make us feel frustrated, powerless and fearful.

Stress triggers vary from person to person, and each person handles stressors differently. Some of the most common stress triggers include:

  • Health, especially if you have a chronic illness
  • Emotional problems such as anger, guilt or depression
  • Relationships
  • Major life changes such as the death of a loved one
  • Stress in your family, such as having children
  • Conflicts with your religious beliefs and values
  • Your job; being unhappy with your current job
  • Unemployment –losing your job and not being able to find a new one

The best way to manage your stress is to learn healthy coping strategies. Stress relief techniques focus on relaxing your body and mind. Some suggestions include:

  • Write: begin a stress journal
  • Let your feelings out: talk, laugh and cry and express anger when needed
  • Do something you enjoy like a hobby or volunteer work
  • Focus on the present
  • Meditate
  • Exercise, such as walking, cleaning or doing yard work
  • Do breathing exercises
  • Practice progressive muscle relaxation, such as yoga, tai chi and qi gong

With a range of treatment approaches and experienced providers, Crozer-Keystone Health System’s psychiatry services can help you cope with your feelings and work toward a solution. The physicians of Crozer-Keystone Psychiatry provide a supportive style of care; one that is quiet, caring, and completely confidential.

At Crozer-Keystone, we take a holistic approach to make a thorough diagnosis and develop a complete care plan. We deliver comprehensive physical and emotional diagnosis and treatment of a range of issues, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Phase-of-life issues
  • Personality disorders
  • Other mood disorders
  • Attention –deficit disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorders
  • Psychological disorders in the physically ill patient

Stress can be difficult to deal with on your own and seeking help may be necessary. Talk with your doctor about the stressors in your life and how they affect you. Crozer-Keystone’s Psychiatric services can help. To learn more, visit here or call (610) 874-5257. We also offer after-hour care for emergencies from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Reviewed by Kevin Caputo, M.D., chairman of the Department of Psychiatry for Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Taylor Hospital.

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