In general terms, Stress refers to the experience of events that are perceived as threatening to one’s physical or psychological well-being. Challenges of life, interpersonal problems, and difficult social circumstances can all contribute to the feeling of stress. But all the stress is not bad. Some level of stress is good for an individual and may help in achieving peak performance and managing the minor crisis. However, stress can become ‘distress’ when an individual faces continuous challenges without respite or relaxation and manifestation of this stress can lead to the body’s wear and tear on the physical and psychological level.
The symptoms of stress can be physical, emotional and behavioural and include the following:
- Difficulties with sleep
- Difficulties with eating
- Physical illness, e.g. stomach upset, headache, backache
- Weight loss or gain
- Sexual difficulties
- Lack of concentration and memory loss
- Low self-esteem
- Extreme mood swings and emotional outbursts
- Worry, anxiety, irritability and sadness
- Poor long-term planning and decision making
- Abuse of drugs and other substances
Stress can, directly and indirectly, contribute to general or specific disorders of body and mind. At the stress clinic, individuals and families can seek therapy or stress management training along with medical evaluation and treatment for their symptoms. The Mind Plus Stress Clinic at Ludhiana uses a strength-based approach as we work around our patients’ natural strengths to help them develop a healthy and vibrant life. Mind plus Retreat focus on a multidisciplinary and holistic treatment of stress-related disorders.
We use a host of psychological therapies that are chosen and customized for each patient, including cognitive behavioural therapy, interpersonal therapy and relaxation training. In addition to treatment for any underlying causes, we provide a short term (8-12 weeks) stress training program which addresses all behavioural and cognitive factors that will promote best in stress treatment. Regular assessment and self- monitoring tips will allow you to become better at understanding what helps improve your stress.
For further assistance, contact Stress Clinic at Mind plus Retreat.