Emotional distress can trigger a host of unexpected feelings and behaviours that negatively impact our mental health and well-being – from depression and panic attacks to major disruptions in our sleep and diet patterns.
When prolonged and left unchecked, these conditions may disrupt our thoughts, feelings and emotions; our mood and ability to relate to others; and our ability to function well and respond to the ordinary demands of life.
Traditional Chinese medicine has been used to treat mental health concerns for centuries and, along with lifestyle changes and psychological therapies, can play an important role in treating symptoms associated with stress, depression and other mental health issues.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine help alleviate the symptoms associated with mental health issues while treating the root cause of the problem by restoring and rebalancing the body’s internal environment.
Some symptoms of stress overload include:
- anxiety or panic attacks.
- feelings of constant pressure and being hassled and hurried.
- irritability and mood swings.
- physical symptoms such as stomach problems, headaches or even chest pain.
- allergic reactions such as eczema or asthma.
- sleep problems.
- overindulgence in food, alcohol, smoking or drugs.
- sadness or depression.
In addition, stress, anxiety, frustration and unresolved anger can play an important part in throwing the immune system off and allowing pathogens to affect the body.