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Stress And Depression

Stress is everywhere. From taking an exam to dealing with the loss of a loved one, stress is impossible to avoid. It can be acute, such as the stress that occurs in the face of immediate danger, or it can be chronic when a person is dealing with any long-term demands such as to fight infections / toxins, to persistently undertake a difficult task, to complete a number of functions simultaneously or to care for a disabled or chronically ill relative.

Some individuals are able to cope with chronic stress, whilst for others chronic stress can develop into an uncoping situation. Uncoping stress, in particular, is very damaging for health. If any type of stress is not resolved, then, eventually, depression will be developed. Depression can affect not only the mood and emotional status, but also the entire body functioning. There are a few types of depression, but the common characteristic of all these types is low activity of the adrenal gland that produces hormones adrenaline and cortisol.

What are the symptoms?

Stress and depression are serious illnesses that affect a person’s family, work or school life, sleeping and eating habits, and general health. Their impact on functioning and well-being has been equated to that of chronic conditions such as Diabetes.

Some of the more common symptoms include :-

• Agitated behaviour.
• Asthma or shortness of breath.
• Back, shoulder or neck pain.
• Chest pain.
• Cold hands or feet.
• Conflict with co-workers or employers.
• Constipation, diarrhoea.
• Decreased or increased appetite.
• Depression, moodiness.
• Domestic or workplace violence.
• Fatigue.
• Feeling of “butterflies”.
• Feeling out of control.
• Frequent job changes.
• Growth inhibition.
• Hair loss.
• High blood pressure.
• Immune system suppression (more folds, flu, infections).
• Increased arguments.
• Irregular heartbeat, palpitations.
• Insomnia.
• Irritability, frustration.
• Isolation from social activities.
• Lack of concentration.
• Memory problems.
• Muscle tension.
• Nervousness, anxiety.
• Overreactions.
• Periodontal disease, jaw pain.
• Phobias.
• Reproductive problems
• Road rage.
• Skin problems (hives, eczema, psoriasis, tics, itching).
• Sleep disturbances.
• Substance abuse.
• Sweaty palms or hands.
• Tension or migraine headaches.
• Thoughts of inappropriate guilt.
• Thought of suicide.
• Trouble thinking clearly.
• Unusual behavioural patterns.
• Upset or acid stomach, cramps, heartburn, gas, irritable bowel syndrome.
• Weight gain or loss, eating disorders.

The tests that are applicable to this pathological condition are :-

However not all of the doctors will necessarily use all of these tests, some may use less and some more. Specific patients may require different tests and therefore the final selection of any tests must be made in conjunction with a medical doctor.

We appreciate that some readers have yet to decide upon the doctor and if you would like to receive a short list from which you can make the final selection please E-mail us. It is advisable that you identify the suspected or diagnosed pathological condition in order for us to provide the most appropriate options.
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