• Nisha Jackson, PhD

You Need More than a Band-Aid

Most women are dealing with way too many demands in their lives. They are working too many hours and managing too many tasks at work and at home. Women are juggling chores, racing from one thing to the next, and exposing themselves to overstimulation—especially with their phones by constantly moving between emails, texts, and talking. Women’s bodies are not wired for this type of excessive hyperstimulation, and in time, without the right tools, they will show signs of breaking down.

These days, medical offices are flooded with women feeling the physical ailments of stress—high blood pressure, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, breast and uterine problems, and allergies. And the fundamental problem with these visits is that the medical community is not paying attention to what is needed to treat the entire female system with regard to stress-induced problems. This is primarily because medical physicians and practitioners are trained to treat the acute problem and not the underlying condition as it pertains to stress. There is a breakdown in the system by which stress is not recognized as the culprit or treated as such.

Many women report that they find themselves obsessing over work or responsibilities to the point where they make themselves sick and anxious. Irritable bowels, racing heart, headaches, jaw clinching, back pain, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, exhaustion, and sleeplessness are all caused by high levels of stress.

In a perfect world, doctors would analyze their patients by stepping back and looking at the entire person, rather than just targeting one particular problem (such as lack of sleep) and prescribing something for it. If a patient were not sleeping and the whole-system approach were used, it might be evident with testing and symptom evaluation that she had unmanaged stress. This unmanaged stress causes an overactive brain at night, increasing her cortisol and keeping her from sleeping.

The treatment for unmanaged stress is obviously different from simply prescribing a sleeping pill for an inability to sleep and would more likely lead to a long-term fix. Treating the body as a whole and addressing any area that is draining the system will ultimately help you recover more effectively and quickly.


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*this degree is from an unaccredited college and is not approved for use in Oregon