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Contact Dr Patterson  for help managing stress-related conditions. See below for signs and symptoms of stress and benefits of stress management.

Symptoms of stress

  • Nervous System – Sleep loss, headaches, anxiety, depression, restlessness, trembling, weakness, exhaustion, irritability, anger, sweating, cold sensations, fast breathing, smothering sensations, increase in chronic pain
  • Cardiovascular System – Palpitations, fast heartbeat, high blood pressure, progression of coronary heart disease, myocardial infarctions (heart attacks)
  • Digestive System – Changes in appetite and digestion, changes in bowel habits, heartburn, ulcers
  • Dermatological System – Itching and rashes
  • Endocrine System – Increased blood sugar and worsening diabetes
  • Immune System – Increased susceptibility to viral infections, activation of latent viral infections, onset and exacerbation of autoimmune disease
  • Musculoskeletal System – Muscle tension, pain, weakness
  • Behavioral – Difficulty complying with healthy behaviors

Benefits of Stress Management

  • An enhanced quality of mental and physical health
  • Lower blood pressure and slower heart rate
  • Better immune function
  • Less heart disease and risk of stroke
  • Less risk of viral infection
  • Less risk of autoimmune disease
  • Possibly less risk of developing cancer
  • Less aggressive course to autoimmune diseases and possibly cancer
  • Better mental function
  • Less depression
  • Enhanced stress coping
  • Quality of sleep improves
  • More patient when dealing with others
  • Communicate better with others
  • Less angry, fewer temper outbursts
  • Enhanced self-confidence
  • Increased sense of well-being
  • Better able to manage difficult situations