What are the cognitive signs of stress

Definition: What is Mental Stress?

Mental Stress - Physical and mental stress symptoms

Our doctors and therapists specifically treat psychological stress and stress symptoms.

We all dread it, but in our modern everyday life we ​​can hardly avoid it: stress. Basically, a stress reaction is nothing negative. It occurs when we classify a situation as uncomfortable or threatening. Stress enables us to act quickly in a threatening environment and thus to ensure our survival. However, our stress system is designed for situations in which we can quickly cope with the acute danger by fleeing or attacking. These included attacks by wild animals. Today we encounter similar circumstances, for example in road traffic.

In the meantime, however, we predominantly experience situations that cannot be resolved by fleeing or attacking, e.g. B.

  • Overtime in the workplace
  • constant accessibility
  • the constant flood of information we are exposed to through the Internet.

If we classify these circumstances as threatening, the stress reaction continues until exhaustion occurs - and thus becomes a health risk.

Physical symptoms of stress

Mental stress stimulates the cardiovascular system and manifests itself among other things. by:

  • an increased heart rate or blood pressure
  • dilated coronary vessels
  • stomach problems
  • Difficulty concentrating

Usually these symptoms go away once the situation relaxes. However, if the organ systems are overburdened for too long, permanent damage can result. The blood vessels can be damaged and the risk of a heart attack increases.

Mental stress symptoms

Emotions such as anger and fear often arise in stressful situations. If the stress continues for a longer period of time, psychological well-being suffers, as there is often a persistent feeling of helplessness and overstrain. Among other things, this can lead to depression, anxiety and exhaustion or exacerbate existing mental illnesses.

Persistently stressed people also often adopt behavior that is harmful to their health, for example by eating quickly, smoking more or drinking more or too much alcohol.

Treating stress and related illnesses

The susceptibility to stress varies from person to person. In psychotherapeutic treatment it is therefore important to recognize individual patterns and limits of resilience.

In addition to treating mental illnesses such as depression, treatment is about developing strategies that reduce both everyday stress and your own sensitivity to stress.

Ways of our diagnostics

  1. Psychosomatic-psychiatric anamnesis interview
  2. Psychometric testing procedures
  3. Clinical physical examination
  4. Clinical apparatus-based examinations
  5. Stress diagnostics
  6. Consultative examinations

We adapt the therapy program to each patient. On the plan are, for example