In any given situation, as we perceive the world around us, the brain decides whether something is threatening or not. If the situation is perceived as a threat, a series of metabolic reactions ensue triggered by the release of specific hormones from the adrenal glands. This shifts energy from long term maintenance to short term needs. The threat was originally described as a physical threat, and the stress response was known as the classic “fight or flight” reaction in which we prepare ourselves for the perceived threat and either defend ourselves or flee. Once the threat is eliminated, the response is deactivated by internal feedback mechanism and metabolic equilibrium is restored.
Problems arise when this response does not dissipate as it should and becomes chronic. In our 24/7 world, perceived threats are not only physical but also emotional and psychological. Our stress response is also activated just by the perception of threat. In these cases as the anxiety and perception remains, the system does not mitigate the response and stress becomes chronic. This causes a severe metabolic disequilibrium resulting in high blood pressure, stroke, obesity, diabetes, dementia, insomnia and depression.
Depression is sometimes severe enough to cause the patient to seek medical help the result is all too often a prescription for anti-depressant medication which actually worsens the problem. The need to control the chronic stress response is essential to balancing our metabolism and lifestyle changes will have minimal effect if stress is not controlled. Our patients are encouraged to practice mind body techniques such as yoga and meditation. We also offer HARMONIAL, a computer generated program based upon input from the patient, of sound, color and aroma therapy to mitigate chronic stress. The results are very encouraging. Adrenal herbs are very helpful also.
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