Stress Treatment & Counselling

Managing stress is part of everyday life. Personal situations and your ambitions create it, which can bring out your best and help to keep you alert. So whilst a reasonable amount of stress is considered acceptable, too much can drive you to what can be termed as 'burnout'. The Priory specialise in a number of stress counselling and stress treatment techniques that can help.

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Burnout is a condition that develops when you work too hard for too long in a high-pressure environment. You essentially become physically and emotionally exhausted.  It can affect anyone at any age, and not just high-powered executives and the stress treatment will depend on a number of factors affecting the individual.

Over-conscientious individuals are more likely to suffer burnout. They are more competitive and tend to have high expectations of themselves and of others. They are less likely to share out work and responsibility, are used to being in control, and are unlikely to ask for help when under pressure and things go wrong.

Symptoms and physical signs of stress or burnout-

  • Insomnia leading to tiredness
  • Irritability or outbursts of anger
  • Low mood
  • Consuming too much caffeine or alcohol
  • Low productivity accompanied by feelings of low achievement, regular absence and a higher sickness rate
  • Being accident-prone
  • Being cynical and defensive
  • Finding fault
  • Headaches, backache, indigestion, weight loss or gain, shortness of breath, regular or lingering colds

The physical signs of stress include:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • High blood pressure
  • Migraines
  • Drug and alcohol misuse

How the Priory can help to treat stress-

The effects will vary between individuals. For example, you could be suffering from depression or drug or alcohol misuse, so you may need a short course of medication. You may be offered therapy to help you change your attitudes and behaviour, and to help you develop a lifestyle and strategies for coping better with stress. You should try to avoid stressful people and situations, and in some circumstances you may even need a period away from work.

Mental wellbeing outcome

The type and length of treatment for stress is dependent on the individual's circumstances and the severity of the condition. Some people are treated as outpatients, which means they come to the Priory for hourly stress counselling sessions with their consultant, psychologist or therapist. Others require a more structured stress treatment approach which can include staying as an inpatient at one of the Priory hospitals for the duration of their treatment where they take part in the psychological group programme as well as regular sessions with their consultant.

For further details on how Priory can provide you with further assistance regarding Stress Treatment & Counselling, please call 0800 840 3219. For professionals looking to make a referral, please click here

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When does stress affect our performance?

Zones of the human function curve from drone zone to burnout.

  • The drone zone
    With little to challenge you, you'll be uncommitted, sluggish and bored
  • Performance improving
    With some stress, your performance and job satisfaction will improve
  • The 'C' zone
    In this ideal state, you'll be full of energy, totally focused and find work effortless. You'll be cool, calm and collected
  • The fatigue zone
    If you allow stress to build up unchecked, your performance will begin to decline sharply. You may become irritable and overuse caffeine and alcohol, causing insomnia (difficulty sleeping) and aggression. Without rest, tiredness can lead to exhaustion
  • The exhaustion zone
    Your performance will continue to decline and you'll become more aggressive and resentful. Often, you will use alcohol to tackle your insomnia
  • The ill-health zone
    Your physical health will suffer, leading to mental-health problems
  • The panic zone
    You will now believe that things are out of control. You'll feel disorganised and nervous, and may even experience panic attacks. Any extra pressure can now lead to breakdown and burnout
  • Breakdown and burnout
    You may now be reluctant to go to work, feel constantly tired due to insomnia and agitation. It can cause clinical depression, which brings with it the risk of suicide. Road accidents, marital breakdown, alcoholism and drug addiction are common.

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