Stress is a term that is frequently used in everyday speech. A lot of people use the term connected to periods of being extraordinarily busy. But what does it really mean to suffer from clinical stress?

What is ’stress’?

No definitive definition of stress exist which is why it is hard to offer a short and concise description of the condition. Overall stress can be viewed as a reaction to when the demands of your surroundings exceed that of your resources. In other words, you can develop a stress condition if you experience not being able to meet the demands and expectations put upon you. This might be demands from your work, your partner, your children, your academic studies etc. But the expectations and demands can come from inside as well in the form of assumptions about what you want to achieve, who you wish to be as a person and how you want to live your life overall.

Symptoms of stress

Symptoms of stress can appear as psychological, physical and behavioral symptoms. It varies how the symptoms expresses themselves from individual to individual. There are however some general symptoms it is advisable to be aware of:

Pychological symptoms:

  • Irritability
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Memory deficits
  • Tearfulness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Decreased humorous sense
  • Losing the drive to do the things you usually do
  • Fatigue

Physical symptoms:

  • Physical inner unrest
  • Heart palpitations
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Aggravation of existing chronic disease
  • Hyperventilation

Beahvioral symptoms:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Detachment/disinterrest
  • Increased sick leave
  • Indecisiveness
  • Increased consumption of stimulant (eg. alcohol)
  • Aggressiveness
  • Decreased ability to perform

If you experience some of the symptoms mentioned above it can be the body’s signal to consider changing some aspects of your life.

What causes the symptoms?

Many of the aforementioned symptoms can also be symptoms connected to psychological disorders. For instance, you often experience inner unrest, heart palpitations, tearfulness and trouble concentrating if you suffer from anxiety. Likewise, many people with depression experience tearfulness, indecisiveness, detachment/disinterest, decreased overall drive and so forth. For that reason, it is always a good idea to consult your doctor or a psychologist to establish whether you are suffering from stress.   

How can therapy help me?

In a course of therapy you can, in cooperation with the therapist, get help to deal with your current situation and symptoms as well as identify the expectations and demands that have contributed to the development of the current condition. Together you can clarify your own assumptions and demands as to how you must live your life. If have developed the idea that you must never fail it can put you at extra risk of developing a stress condition. An essential part of the course of therapy will then be aimed at developing more appropriate and healthy ways of setting and meeting demands.

It can also often be relevant to change some aspects of the environment. Some people might “simply” need to change working conditions while others might need to end or change relationships with people affecting them negatively. Such paths might also be explored with the therapist.

The key thing is that you in the end experience a better balance between the surrounding (as well as your own) demands and expectations and the capability of meeting these.

How do I get help?

If you would like to know more or receive help to manage and alleviate your stress condition you a very welcome to contact us on the phone at +45 42940690 or on our secure mail or book an appointment here.