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I am feeling Stressed

  • We live in a fast-paced world so it's normal to feel stress on occasion. Causes of stress differ for each of us. What is stressful for one person may not be for another, and each of us responds to stress in different ways. How a person copes with stress also plays an important role in how stress will affect his or her body.

    If one or more of these problems describes your situation, you may require professional assistance:

    • Sleep too much or have difficulty sleeping
    • Have feelings of sadness, worthlessness or isolation
    • Have a loss of appetite or experience weight fluctuations
    • Have panic attacks that cause shortness of breath, feelings of choking or sweating, rapid heart rate or dizziness
    • Commonly experience muscle aches, headaches or gastrointestinal problems
    • Have developed immune system suppression

    Here’s an example of how excessive stress can adversely affect someone:

    Diane is 42 and an executive at a high-tech company. She drives a luxury car, travels extensively and has an active social life. She is in control and happy with her life. Lately, however, she is plagued by attacks of shortness of breath, sleeplessness, headaches and chest pains. Throughout the day, Diane experiences a sense of impending doom and becomes anxious to the point of panic. She has come to dread the panic attacks and avoids any situations that she feels might lead to them. This is affecting her job performance and relationship with her husband, which in turn has resulted in self-doubt and feelings of depression.

    Stress can have many causes. But it’s important to remember, you are not alone. The clinical staff at Belmont Behavioral Health can help you understand what you are going through and work with you to develop a plan to help get your life back.

    When you need to talk to someone, turn to Belmont.
    Call 1-800-220-HELP (4357) or (215) 456-8000 to get the help you need.

    Get more information about the following behavioral health disorders:

    Mood / Affective Disorder

    Substance Abuse

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