Chronic Stress Treatment in Montgomery, AL
We all deal with stress, from work to family and everything in between; stress is a part of the body's natural fight-or-flight response. When you're constantly feeling stressed, however, you have a condition known as chronic stress. There are many factors that contribute to chronic stress, and a similarly high number of treatment options.
If you're interested in chronic stress treatment, please call (334) 781-7319 or contact Dr. Ryan McWhorter online.
Causes of Chronic Stress
While some stress is normal and not a medical concern, chronic stress can be caused by a larger, overlying condition. As doctors and medical professionals learn more about the body's natural fight-or-flight response, imbalanced hormones have emerged as the primary cause of chronic stress.
The three hormones that control your body's stress levels are:
- Cortisol: Created by the adrenal glands, cortisol regulates your blood pressure, blood sugar and is useful in prioritizing what process your body needs during a stressful time.
- Adrenaline: This hormone controls your immediate, physical reactions to stress. That includes the tightening of muscles, increased blood flow and a quicker heart rate.
- Norepinephrine: This hormone regulates your level of focus and alertness during stressful times.
The largely gender-specific hormones of estrogen and testosterone also play a role in stress. When any of these hormones is either under-produced or overproduced it can lead to chronic stress and a number of frightening side-effects.
Effects of Chronic Stress
In addition to general discomfort and an uneasy mind, excess of the stress hormones along with the resulting chronic stress can cause debilitating medical conditions.
- Weight gain / Obesity
- Low libido
- High blood pressure / Hypertension
- Decreased bone density / Osteoporosis
- Decreased muscle mass
- Heart attack
If you're seeing any combination of these conditions, you need to get help immediately. Chronic stress may seem like a side-effect of a difficult life, but it can be dangerous and even fatal if it goes untreated.
Treatment for Chronic Stress
As chronic stress is largely the result of hormonal imbalance, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, is the best method of treatment available. BHRT seeks to correct your body's natural stress hormone levels.
This is done with natural hormones, such as cortisol, estrogen and testosterone, as opposed to the synthetic recreations used in conventional hormone replacement therapy. These bio-identical hormones can relieve chronic stress via a variety of delivery options including:
- Injected pellets
Each of these is a viable method for BHRT delivery. The only way to discover which method is right for you is to call (334) 781-7319 or contact Dr. Ryan McWhorter online. Your doctor will also likely recommend a number of lifestyle changes to help with your chronic stress problem, including:
- Improved diet
- Increased exercise
- Relaxation techniques
- Vitamin and supplement programs
Don't Ignore Chronic Stress
Chronic stress shouldn't be ignored. It's likely a sign of hormonal imbalance, and may have fatal consequences. If you're interested in a de-stressed, happier life through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, please call (334) 781-7319 or contact Dr. Ryan McWhorter online.
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