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What should I ask my doctor about stress?

Review the following questions about stress so you're prepared to discuss this important health issue with your healthcare professional.
  • Could I have an underlying medical condition that could be causing my feelings of stress and anxiety?
  • Could some medications I'm taking be causing my feelings of stress and anxiety?
  • Has my stress caused or exacerbated physical or mental illness that needs to be dealt with medically, separately from the stress itself?
  • If the stress is left untreated, what will happen to my mental and physical health?
  • Can you refer me to a mental health professional who can teach me how to best manage and control my stress?
  • Can you teach me relaxation techniques or refer me to someone who can?
  • Can you refer me to an effective stress management class or workshop?
  • How can exercise and adequate sleep help me manage my stress?
  • How can meditation help? Can you teach me this technique or refer me to someone who can?
  • I have an upset stomach/diarrhea/headaches/stiff neck nearly every day. Could this be stress? And if so, what are some of the other signs of stress?
  • What substances should I stay away from if I'm having problems with stress? If alcohol relaxes me, why shouldn't I drink when I feel stressed?
  • What should I do if my stress becomes too overwhelming for me to cope with?

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