Stress & Fatigue Treatment
What Is Stress?
The Cleveland Clinic describes stress as “a normal reaction the body has when changes occur, resulting in physical, emotional and intellectual responses.” Stress responses are designed to help an individual adjust to new situations. They are useful as they can help an individual remain alert, motived and prepared to avoid danger. Stress can produce unwanted symptoms when stressors persist without an individual experiencing periods of relaxation or relief. When a person experiences chronic, long-term stress he or she is at increased risk for developing adverse physiological effects. There are behavioral, physical, and emotional signs and symptoms that can manifest as a result of prolonged stress. The Mayo Clinic provides the following examples:
- Physical symptoms of stress:
- Chest pain
- Muscle tension
- Aches and pains
- Digestive problems
- Weakened immune system
- High blood pressure
- Emotional symptoms of stress:
- Panic attacks
- Behavioral signs and symptoms of stress:
- Using drugs
- Overeating/ developing an eating disorder
- Excessive drinking
- Engaging in risky behavior (e.g. unsafe sex)
- Social withdrawal
In situations where chronic stress is left untreated it could lead to a variety of unwanted health complications, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and/ or obesity.
What Is Fatigue?
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines fatigue as “weariness or exhaustion from labor, exertion, or stress.” Fatigue can manifest as physical, emotional, and/ or mental symptoms. Common symptoms of fatigue, provided by Medical News Today, could include, but are not limited to, any combination of the following examples:
- Muscle aches and pains
- Daytime drowsiness
- Gastrointestinal problems (e.g. constipations, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, etc.)
- Lacking motivation
- Difficulty concentrating
- Blurred vision
- Slowed response time
It is not uncommon for symptoms to worsen after exertion. Fatigue can develop as a result of other mental health issues, such as eating disorders, anxiety, stress, grief, emotional exhaustion, boredom, and/ or life changing events (e.g. divorce, moving, etc.). An individual that experiences chronic and debilitating fatigue may have a condition known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, or chronic fatigue syndrome.
The Treatment Process
The treatment process for stress and fatigue will include many adjustments to one’s lifestyle. There are a plethora of mental health strategies that can be used to effectively navigate and alleviate stress and fatigue. The treatment process will be different for each individual. Customized treatment plans could include a variety of different psychotherapeutic approaches and some individuals may also benefit from medication. Through treatment individuals will learn tactics for recognizing warning signs of stress and fatigue, prior to their development, which can be invaluable to one’s prolonged recovery. Further, individuals in treatment for stress and fatigue will learn to integrate healthful lifestyle choices (e.g. exercising regularly, obtaining ample sleep, eating nutritiously, engaging in mindfulness practices, etc.) into their daily routines, as well as learn effective stress-management strategies, and beneficial coping mechanisms.
Why Choose Annandale in Pasadena?
Annandale Behavioral Health is a private wellness center located in the beautiful hills of Pasadena, CA. Our center provides the ideal environment for guests to reconnect with nature while receiving premium and personalized treatment. At Annandale, we honor each person’s individuality and have a core belief that everyone is capable of achieving true wellness. We understand that in order to heal, every person in recovery deeply benefits from a customized and tailored treatment plan, which we carefully develop for each of our guests. Our multidisciplinary clinical team is made up of highly regarded psychiatrists, physicians, therapists, nursing, and support staff.
Annandale Behavioral Health offers a full continuum of care, including medically supervised detox, stabilization, residential treatment, and aftercare services. We are here to support you every step of the way to help you learn how to lead a healthy, authentic, and fulfilling life that both promotes and supports true wellness.
If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one in regards to mental illness, substance abuse, and/ or addiction, please do not hesitate to reach out for guidance. Our admissions team is available to answer any general questions regarding substance abuse, addiction, mental health issues, treatment, and/or specific questions about our program here at Annandale Behavioral Health. We welcome the opportunity to discuss how we might best be able to help you or your loved one in the recovery process. Feel free to reach us by phone at 855-778-8668 or through our contact form. We look forward to supporting you on your journey.