Stress Linked to Mental Health Issues
Managing stress is a key element in better overall health. At Prescott House, whether stress is the problem, or just a symptom of an additional issue such as mental health conditions, addiction, or substance abuse, we manage stress so that we can restore the body to a healthy state that gets you back to where you want to be, or so that we can better attack additional issues like depression, anxiety, or addiction.
Stress was once looked at as a minor problem that all people will face at some point in their lives, some more than others. For example, professional males are amongst the most stressed of any demographic and the problem seems to be getting worse each year. There are socioeconomic effects at play here too. Those that live in more affluent areas who are diagnosed with mental health conditions such as stress, depression or anxiety are at a statistically significant percentage higher than that of the general population.
What has become clear over years of study and observation is that stress isn’t a minor problem. Today, we treat stress as a condition that we must get under control in order to maintain overall mental and physical health or to get to the root of a deeper problem.
Stress isn’t just a mental health condition, either. Physical problems are now being linked back to stressful careers on top of mental health issues. For example:
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Heart disease (such as hypertension)
have all been linked to stress. What might surprise you is that stress has also been linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and even some forms of cancer.
How We Help Men Overcome Problems With Stress
At Prescott House, we recognize the severity this issue has on overall well-being. As such, we go about treating stress in a variety of ways, including:
Physical activity is a proven technique that is both easy, and accessible no matter what condition you’re in, or how much time you have. At Prescott House, we’ll recommend exercises or activities you can do no matter what your age or physical condition.
A variety of relaxation techniques can prove to be an integral part of a balanced effort of combination therapies. These techniques allow you to relax when you feel yourself getting stressed, as well as lowering the heart rate, which in turn lowers blood pressure and promotes a sense of calm.
Identification and Avoidance
Education is a key piece of therapy. By understanding just what it is that stresses you out, you can avoid some situations entirely and learn to deal with the unavoidable ones in ways that will reduce your overall stress levels.
Change of Outlook
Sometimes getting away from it all in a new environment helps you to take on a different outlook. A top-down view is rarely possible when you’re in the middle of stressful situations, so the time away could provide a great deal of insight into what reduces your stress levels as well as teaching you new coping techniques such as recognizing and accepting things you can’t change.
In addition to non-medicinal alternatives, we also look at things like diet, prescription regiment, and any underlying medical conditions. Once we have a clear picture, we can better decide on a course of action, which includes the above, as well as therapy and perhaps prescription drugs.
At Prescott House, we treat stress with the urgency it requires. Don’t deal with stress any longer than you have to. Contact us today to find out how we can help.