If You Need More Help
Stress can be hard to deal with on your own. It's okay
to seek help if you need it. Talk with your doctor about the stress you're
feeling and how it affects you. A licensed counselor or other health
professional can help you find ways to reduce stress symptoms. He or she can
also help you think about ways to reduce stress in your life.
A counselor or health professional is useful for:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT teaches you to
be aware of how you perceive stress. It helps you understand that the way you
think about stress affects your response to it. CBT helps you create and use
skills to deal with stress. (See
tips for finding a counselor or therapist.)
- Biofeedback. This technique teaches you how to use
your mind to control skin temperature, muscle tension, heart rate, or blood
pressure. All of these things can be affected by stress. Learning biofeedback
requires training in a special lab.
- Hypnosis. With
hypnosis, you take suggestions that may help you change the way you act. It's
important to find a health professional with a lot of training and experience.
Some psychologists, counselors, doctors, and dentists know how to use
Treatment for other health problems
You may need
treatment for other emotional problems related to stress, such as
insomnia. Treatment may include medicines or
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
April 20, 2011
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