This post is an excerpt from my book Depression Solutions.
Stress, the Great Instigator
The stress of daily living has increased, and with it, as you might guess, the incidence of depression. Stress, in one way or another, contributes to all mental and physical health problems. We have learned that even mild depression can have a dramatic impact on our health and well-being.
Most surveys suggest that the amount of stress experienced in coping with our more complicated, modern lives has nearly doubled over the past three decades. We are simply living more stressful lives and this is taking an enormous toll on our health. We’re certainly living busier, more competitive lives. We are required to be ambidextrous jugglers. Every day we find ourselves juggling work, family, and community obligations, and not always as competently as we’d like it to be. At least a third of us have trouble keeping all the balls in the air on a daily basis. And for a person who’s trying to cope with depression, this juggling act can become extremely overwhelming.
Stress negatively impacts us in many ways: it increases anxiety and depression, raises tension in our close relationships, increases health problems, and fuels mental health problems. Increased stress loads can drive us toward unhealthy stress management behaviors that further fuel already existing health problems; for example, smoking, using alcohol or drugs, junk food, and comfort eating.
Handling stress in unhealthy ways might alleviate symptoms of stress in the short term, but, over time, we end up creating more emotional and physical health problems and, ironically, more stress.
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