First Med Urgent Care Shares Information About Stress
It’s no secret that stress can cause people to act outside the norm. In part one of this series, our urgent care article provides 3 out of 9 ways that stress can impact a person.
1. Emotions can be difficult to control under stress.
New research shows how even a little stress can be destructive and cause people to slip. In fact, a 2013 study by neuroscientists found that even mild levels of stress can impair our ability to control our emotions.
In the study, stress control techniques were taught to the subjects. Afterwards, the subjects were put under mild stress — by having their hands dunked in icy water — they could not easily calm themselves down when shown pictures of snakes or spiders.
“Our results suggest that even mild stress, such as that encountered in daily life, may impair the ability to use cognitive techniques known to control fear and anxiety,” lead author Candace Raio, Ph.D., said in a press release.
2. Stress can promote disease.
Illnesses that have been linked to stress are cancer, lung disease, fatal accidents, suicide, and cirrhosis of the liver. Some of the population are more prone to diseases, and steady supply of stress can give these conditions the green light.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found that children subject to chronic stress are prone to developing a mental illness if they are genetically predisposed.
3. Stress can affect your love life.
Your love life can be an effective and pleasurable way to relieve stress, but stress can also throw a wrench in the works faster than you think.
According to a 1984 study, it was found that stress can impact a man’s body weight, testosterone levels, and sexual desire. Numerous studies have shown that stress — especially performance anxiety — can lead to impotence.
High levels of stress in pregnant women also may trigger changes in their children as they grow, specifically behavioral and developmental issues.
While visiting an urgent care may not take care of stress related problems in your life our urgent care staff feel it is important to share this information as it may keep you from becoming unnecessarily ill. If you’d like to know more about the negative impacts of stress, feel free to come back in a few weeks to read the second part of our urgent care blog series on this topic!