Stress Doesn't Look Like Stress and That's A Problem

Day to day life is stressful and unfortunately so common that many people don’t recognize the signs when it becomes chronic. There is no reason to suffer. Please browse the article below and if anything sounds familiar, let’s talk.


From Pyschology Today Author, Mithu Storoni MD, Ph.D.:

“A man in a suit has coiled springs leaping out from his head. One woman is trying to chew on her keyboard. Another yells with covered ears. The word "stress" is so ubiquitous, it's become a cliché that triggers an identical image in everyone's mind. Typing "stress" into Google shows what this picture looks like. By becoming a caricature of a stereotype, stress is now alarmingly misunderstood.

What does stress look like? 

The reality of chronic stress is far removed from the woman chewing on her keyboard. Consider the following three examples:

1. A 27-year-old man who suffers from diabetes and has always been meticulous about blood sugar control is finding it increasingly difficult to manage his blood sugar. 

2. A 35-year-old woman who used to always doze off moments into a good book at bedtime now has to force herself to stop reading and try to sleep. She has recently started needing an alarm clock in the morning, despite never needing one before. Nothing else in her life has changed. 

3. A 41-year-old man has recently started feeling bloated after eating certain things he has eaten all his life. His doctor has told him there is nothing wrong. 

These individuals are showing signs of chronic stress. Impaired glucose regulation in the first case, a disrupted circadian rhythm in the second, and irritable bowel syndrome in the third. They look nothing like the man with the springs coming out from his head in the Google image. 

At least seven different processes go awry in stress.

Acute psychosocial stress begins with a rise in sympathetic arousal which is followed by an HPA-axis response. In chronic stress …” Continue Reading: