First incepted in 1999 as a response to the growing awareness of how stress impacts the mind and body, Stress Awareness Month celebrates its 20th year throughout the month of April.
About Stress Awareness Month
According to the American Institute of Stress, the definition of stress is yet to be decided. Many people often conflate stress with distress and other negative connotations. Yet some stress is good, such as being the conduit for increased productivity or muscle gain, which requires the body to endure physical stress.
Because there is no set definition, it’s near impossible to measure stress. Causes of stress and how it affects the life and overall longevity of a person depends on a number of factors, such as age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, health, gender, and others.
For instance, looking at stress effects in accordance to age, in this case Generation Z (which includes young people between the ages of 15 and 21), a 2018 report released by the American Psychological Association (APA) found mass shootings to be the leading cause of current stressful events followed by issues related to immigration and sexual assault.
According to National Today, it’s important to note:
1. Stress can be helpful
Stress is part of our innate flight or fight response and has been seen as an essential part of human evolution.
2. Stress can create sickness
As researchers further study the interconnectedness between the mind and the body, the growing body of evidence that shows a significant relationship between the two expands.
When stress is severe or prolonged, a person can develop psychopathy, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Even some medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, have links to chronic stress. Without proper care, unmanaged stress may also lead a person to seek out ways to self-soothe through the use of alcohol or drugs.
Stress Awareness Month
Why not make April the month where you tune into yourself and get honest? Ignoring built-up stress or continuing to lean on a mood-altering substance is unsustainable.
While not always the case, mental illness, and chemical dependency often run in tandem. Time reports, around 50-66 percent of those who suffer from PTSD also struggle with a substance disorder. Regardless of which came first, diagnosing and treating all underlying conditions is one of the best routes toward long-term recovery.
Finding a treatment center capable of dual diagnosis treatment can offer many advantages in ensuring that you or a family member receives the best chance at a total recovery. Adequate treatment goes beyond just quitting a substance. If you leave behind the root of the problem, the chance of relapse increases.
In addition to offering an anxiety treatment program, First Step Center of sunny Arizona also specializes in trauma informed care. With a small clientele base, First Step Center’s all-male residential treatment facility is designed to create custom treatment plans for each client in order to meet individual needs.
Coming soon, First Step Center will also offer:
- Partial Hospitalization Program
- Intensive Outpatient Program
- Outpatient Program
Celebrate Stress Awareness Month by taking the first step toward a better life today. Call us now at 8668326398.