When Stress Is Out of Control
Stress levels are off the charts these days. Unfortunately, medicine has no answers for all the stress that’s killing us. Well, they say they do, but they don’t.
Their biggest answer is psych drugs-antidepressants, antipsychotics and the rest of the gang. And these toxic drugs may make you feel a bit better, but the odds are stacked against even that. Worse, these treatments never actually heal anything.
So you’re risking your brain, your nervous system and your endocrine system just to feel a little bit better-maybe. Or maybe not. That doesn’t sound like a sensible trade-off to me. If I’m going to risk a lot, I want to get a lot in return, too.
Stress rampages through our bodies and causes woe upon woe. And stress is cumulative. Making it through a rough patch doesn’t mean your stress understands it’s time to back off and start making nice. Oh, no; stress stays and stays and stays until we do something about it.
Stress and symptoms
And since symptoms vary widely, we may not even realize that stress is the problem.
But since nobody mentions the need to deal with stress, let alone say anything about how we can do that, each stress event starts at the level where the last one left off.
This is not good news.
Let me give you an example. I was eleven-months-old when the drunk driver smashed into my parents’ car and mashed my endocrine system; I was 25-years-old when a doctor finally took my health problems seriously. So, stress, in the form of a misfiring endocrine system, had a quarter-century to set up house and go about its business.
If you had an abusive childhood, you’re in the same boat. And it’s the same if you suffered a violent assault at some point in your life. Or lived through a war. Or worked on the front-lines of a police or fire department. Lived in a soul-sapping marriage. Ate an inadequate diet. And I could go on.
You end up with a bunch of symptoms that don’t really add up, so doctors tend to write you off as a complainer, not somebody with real problems.
Medical schools teach doctors-to-be that when they hear hoof beats, they should think “horse,” not “zebra.” In other words, they should think of garden-variety solutions, not off-the-wall stuff. Then you show up looking and sounding like a zebra with polka dots! What are they supposed to do with that?
Now the truth is, none of your symptoms is exotic all by itself, but you present so many of them, all arrayed in new-and-different combinations that they boggle the mind.
Fixing long-term stress is a step-it-through kind of deal; no magic bullets, no one-size-fits-all solutions, just taking one step at a time to get to where you want to go. These steps are simply addressing symptoms, one at a time, whether they seem to be related to what’s going on or not.
Everybody gets into the stress-mess via their unique journey in life. The only way we can put all the pieces of the puzzle together is to follow what our body tells us through symptoms.
It’s not all that hard, but it has a whole lot of moving parts. You can read more at Moving To Health (see link below).
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.