Maintenance of our emotional well-being frequently takes a backseat to other life demands. It can be incredibly difficult to balance the responsibilities of a household, work, family, relationships, etc. Stress can take a very real psychological and physical toll on our bodies. Psychological stress impacts our sleep, our eating habits, and our mood. It can contribute to diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, inflammatory reactions, and decreased immune function.
For more information on stress and health visit The National Institutes of Health website: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2568977/pdf/nihms70622.pdf
Stressful life events such as changes in marital status, changes in or loss of employment, major medical diagnoses such as cancer, and grief and loss have been correlated with the onset of depression and anxiety. Stress can make us feel lethargic and can contribute to a sedentary lifestyle. Some people use alcohol, cigarettes, or other substances to cope with stress, which can have negative longer term consequences. I offer cognitive behavioral therapies, interpersonal and supportive therapies to help men and women set and achieve goals for improved emotional, behavioral, and physical well-being.