Common symptoms of stress include feeling anxious or overwhelmed, easy to irritate, low mood, loss of focus or motivation, as well as physical symptoms such as stomach problems, muscle aches and pains, headaches, and sleep difficulties. People struggling with stress often engage in over- or under-eating, substance use, withdrawing from others including family members, and anger.
As always, it is important that you get an accurate diagnosis, so that the treatment can be tailored to your specific difficulties. If you are struggling with aches and pains or stomach problems, please consider seeing your medical doctor to rule out any medical problems.
In therapy we normally seek to understand the sources of stress and work with you to either change them, or – as often happens – find new ways of thinking about them. We also work with you towards very specific behavior change, such as engaging in activities that are meaningful and healthy, while reducing repetitive habits that you are not getting much out of.
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