DO I NEED STRESS
If you have ever asked this
question to yourself, it means that you definitely need stress management!
Personally we would advise you
to practice a regular Stress Management Program whether you are over
stressed or not. This is because the daily relaxation session will help you
feel refreshed and keep you recharged throughout the day and also improve
your performance potential at work and at home..
Ideally everyone should
practice regular relaxation techniques. Not only is it important from
the point of view of prevention of stress induced disorders, but for those
already suffering from one or the other stress related diseases, it is
There is a simple way to recognize
your stress status and your need for stress management program.
When you are faced with any
situation, pause for a few moments to analyze your reaction/response during
the event and after the event. Did you suffer from any of the following?
If you suffered from any of
these, you require to learn to relax. You need stress management program. It is as simple as that!
Before planning the stress
management program, it is advisable to differentiate between pure anxiety
disorder (which will benefit from stress management) and major
depressive episodes or a combination of these. In case of doubt, it is
always preferable to have a consultation with a psychoanalyst/ psychiatrist
and have a psychoanalytic workout .
The main criteria to
differentiate between these two conditions are given in Table 1 and Table 2
Symptoms of Generalized
(You need Stress Management Program!)
Feeling 'on edge'
Inability to relax
Shortness of Breath / Dry Mouth
Palpitations (increased heart
Abdominal complaints, eg., dyspepsia, hyperacidity, constipation,
Symptoms of Major
Depressive Episode (MDE)
(You need Stress Management Program, but also require a prior psychiatric
Helplessness, hopelessness, worthlessness
Insomnia (loss of sleep)
Hypersomnia (excess sleep)
Loss of appetite
Hyperphagia (increased appetite)
Difficulty in concentrating
Anhedonia (inability to experience pleasure)
Psychomotor Retardation or agitation
If you or anybody in your house have any of the above symptoms,
you should consult a Psychiatrist.