Various studies have shown that chronic stress is quite harmful to human health.
Studies indicate that 30 per cent of people suffer from some form of stress every day.

Stress can be positive or negative, acute or more longstanding. It has been estimated that 70% of visits to the doctor are triggered by or related to stress.
Stress on the mind (psychological stress) can lead to anxiety, loss of confidence, feelings of inadequacy and other symptoms.

Stress is not just the anxiety we all feel when something is not going our way. Nor is it simply the buzz you can get from having to do something under pressure and on time. Stress can cause irritability, exhaustion, depression, insomnia, confusion, IBS, hyperactivity, nervousness, premature ageing, infertility, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, gastric ulcer, skin disorders and immune system disturbances, hair loss.

Increasing evidence demonstrates that our experiences, what we eat, whether or not we exercise, the friends we keep and the environment we live in determines the activity of the stress system.

When we speak of stress, we generally refer to stress on the mind (psychological stress). Stress is sometimes also referred to as being ‘under pressure’. It may be described as being in a situation or position where you find it difficult to cope emotionally, mentally or psychologically. However, the physical body can also come under stress through psychological stress leading to leasing to a number of common health conditions.

Symptoms of stress

Non-physical

  • Feelings of low mood, anxiety or lack of self-confidence
  • Worrying, negative feelings, feeling irritable
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Drinking, eating or smoking more
  • Difficulty relaxing
Physical

  • Heart pounding
  • Poor concentration
  • Digestive problems
  • Breathlessness
  • Muscle tension, pain or headaches
  • Loss of interest in sex

I treat stress-related symptoms in my clinic with: