Coping With Stress

Latitude Mental Health

Medical Wellness & Therapy Services located in West LA, Los Angeles, CA

Everyone experiences a degree of stress on a daily basis, but for some, coping well can be a significant challenge. Helping you learn to manage and cope with your stress in a healthy way is a top priority for Dr. Armin Hoes, of Latitude Mental Health in West Los Angeles. He uses various methods for effective stress management, including psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. For an expert consultation, call or book an appointment today.

Coping with Stress Q & A

What is stress?

Stress is how you respond to demands of your life and situations that arise as part of your daily living.  Fight or flight is the body’s natural responses to stressful events. This response involves the body, mind, and emotions and can influence thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and overall health of the body.

Under normal circumstances, stress occurs fairly regularly. For many, however, especially those with ongoing stress or a generally stressful lifestyle, the body can stay in this fight or flight state. This can significantly impact your physical health, your mental health, your job, your sense of wellbeing, and your closest relationships.

What causes stress?

What qualifies as a stressor is also very specific to each person.  A stressful event may not always be a negative thing. Even positive experiences can be stressful, as they can trigger responses from your body, mind, and emotions.

Stressful events may include:

  • New marriage
  • New birth
  • Divorce
  • Discrimination
  • Moving
  • Losing a job
  • Getting a new job
  • Change in financial state
  • Political or social news
  • Illness or physical trauma

Anything can be a stressful event if you perceive it as such. How you respond to stressful events is also specific to you.

What are symptoms of stress?

Your responses to stressful events or long-term stress can be physical, mental, and emotional, and may include:

  • Anxiety or depression
  • Insomnia or sleep problems
  • Extreme hunger or loss of appetite
  • Intimacy problems
  • Migraines or frequent headaches
  • Chronic pain
  • Irritability or anger problems
  • High blood pressure or chest pain
  • High risk for drug or alcohol use
  • Decreased enjoyment in life or work

The symptoms caused by stress may be diagnosed as an adjustment disorder if your symptoms seem to be worse than would be expected. If you have symptoms of stress that are affecting your life and general state of health, it may be time to seek professional help like Dr. Hoes, in order to cope effectively.

What are some ways to cope with stress?

As part of an initial consultation, Dr. Hoes helps create a plan of care that empowers you to deal well with your specific stressors. This plan likely involves personal lifestyle changes, medications, and psychotherapy.

Psychotherapy, especially cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), can help you manage your stress in a way that is effective and specific to you. CBT can give you strategies for coping well by managing responses to stressful events in your life.

For effective strategies for managing your stress, call or book an appointment online with Latitude Mental Health today.

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