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Stress in a Broad Perspective - More Than Merely a Mental Illness!!

Written by
Dr. Muhammad M. Hanif Md.
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Sep 07, 2015 and last reviewed on Sep 07, 2018   -  4 min read


Stress is not always due to the mental (psychiatric) illnesses. Physical wellness also counts for stress levels in modern life.

Stress in a Broad Perspective - More Than Merely a Mental Illness!!

What Do You Think Is Stress in Your Daily Life?

Stress is not just a mental illness. It is not merely a disease of your brain and not always mean that you have a serious psychiatric disorder. It is a multi-factorial disorder including general physical wellness, issues related to chronic diseases, and is very well researched and perfectly being treated in internal medicine.

Many people feel stress as only a psychiatric illness and because it is sometimes taken as a stigma if you go for a psychiatric evaluation, huge number of patients remain undiagnosed and untreated for years. The new clinical approach introduced by modern science is to spread awareness amongst masses that stress has many aspects and they should be encouraged to discuss the problems freely with their Primary Care Provider (PCP). He will screen the patient and if needed he may also refer the patient to an appropriate psychiatrist. But major bulk of patients get counseling and proper treatment right by their PCP and it also lessens the workload of mental illness hospitals and psychiatrists.

Most of us take stress as a part of our daily life and has become used to stress so much as we do not even know that we are sick. Chronic stress makes our inner self hollow by damaging the personality and soul. Stress has two forms:

Healthy Stress:

It is a positive and sparkling constituent needed to excel in life. If somebody has it, he is actually healthy. But the problem is when somebody loses this stress, it is same as he has lost his self-respect and he is no more himself. To get this concept I usually put an example to my patients:

Think of a student who has his final examination after one month and he has no worries regarding that and is not preparing for that too. Now he is sick actually. He should have a 'healthy' examination stress enough to make him motivated to prepare for the examination.

Unhealthy Stress:

This is damaging, unnecessary and devastating stress and makes us sick over time if not properly handled. This can be handled if it is diagnosed in the very beginning and the cause of stress is treated timely. Regular visits to your Primary Care Physician are necessary to keep the things under control and get yourself screened for stress.

How Stressed Are You?

This is a very difficult question and even a learned person cannot make up with proper answer. I have devised a questionnaire for my patients and they have to check the stresses they have in their life. When they take this filled out questionnaire back to me it makes the picture clear. Catharsis is the best way to take the fears out of our inner self and to diagnose how stressed we actually are. This questionnaire form below fulfills this purpose perfectly. You just have to read and mark against the one which applies to you right now. For your ease I have put them into groups so that you may have a clear picture that how much stress you have from each mentioned category.

Test Your Brain/Mental Wellness:

Test Your Emotional Wellness:

Wellness and Your Behavior:

Physical Wellness of the Body:

If you have 2 or more of the above mentioned symptoms, it is the high time to get yourself checked by your PCP as there may be a serious medical illness or chronic disease disturbing your life routine and making you feel sick and stressed all the time.

Get started today and consult a psychiatrist online -->


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Last reviewed at:
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