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Stress Talking Therapies

Stress

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Some of the common symptoms of stress

Have you been feeling?

  • tense
  • anxious
  • guilty
  • low
  • upset
  • irritable
  • overwhelmed

Have you had thoughts like?

  • ‘I can’t stand this’
  • ‘It’s my fault’
  • ‘I am useless’
  • ‘I am losing control of everything’
  • ‘I can’t keep up with everything’
  • ‘I’m no good’

Have you noticed?

  • an increase or decrease in appetite
  • you are spending more time alone
  • you are sleeping too much or too little
  • you have stopped doing the things you enjoy
  • you have a short temper
  • you are constantly worrying
  • you are unable to concentrate
  • your heart pounding in your chest
  • a stomach-churning sensation
  • you are sweating excessively

Possible causes of stress

  • stressful life events – these can be unwelcome or traumatic, such as being bullied at work, getting divorced, or being attacked/abused
  • negative thinking – sometimes you may start to think negatively due to an event or situation, and this can then become a habit and part of your general outlook; you may not even be aware of how negatively you were thinking or how this is impacting on you
  • loss – this can be the actual loss of someone through death or disappearance, but it can also be a major life change where there has been an adjustment and a loss of role or identity, e.g. redundancy or retirement
  • anger – if you struggle to express your feelings, particularly anger, you may find yourself stressed as a result of not expressing your anger or frustration in a safe and responsible way
  • personality – research has shown that those with Type A personality are more likely to experience stress compared to those with Type B personality

How common is stress?

  • stress occurs in 1 in 5 adults in the UK at any one time
  • around 1 in 2 people will experience stress in their lifetime
  • 70% of visits to the GP are stress-related

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