Stress can be a killer.
Most of you will have been in stressful situations at one point in your life. Facing it every day can grind you down.
It’s well known that dentistry is considered one of the most stressful jobs, with high rates of depression and suicide; any job can be stressful enough to lead you to this. It’s dealing with it that matters.
Everyone will suffer small amount of stress in his or her lifetime, it’s if it’s chronic that you will have noticeable changes to your system. The main stress hormones are Cortisol and adrenaline, which are both increased during moments of stress. When you recover from your stress the body returns to normal. If your body is rarely allowed to return to normal symptoms can get out of control and it will be harder to get your body back into sync. You might, unfortunately, notice some of the symptoms.
You might suffer from being easily irritable, mood swings, headaches, and muscle tension, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, memory loss and difficulty concentrating. You could also end up with anxiety and depression; these mental illnesses are heavily linked to prolonged stress. Prolonged stress is most normally caused by three key factors: work, money and relationships.
If you feel like you are suffering its important that you seek help in whatever form you can before it becomes a bigger problem. Acute stress can be helped with smaller changes to your life, like balancing your diet, taking time out to relax or do something you love, mediation and being sociable. Even getting fresh air or speaking to someone you trust could do the world of good but if you feel like the issue runs deeper then you should consider getting further help.
Some are worried about the stigma of mental illness, however, it is good to get help. The most used method for changing perception is Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). It doesn’t want to remove the triggers from your life but it does want to help you manage them. It will help you take the negative and work yourself back into a positive frame of mind. Depending on where you are you can self refer yourself for this kind of help or you can be referred by your health care specialist.
If in the mean time you need someone to talk to you can have a look at this NHS Choices list that offers various organisations to contact in times of need. Remember that there is always going to be someone willing to help and that you can beat it!