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Explains what stress is, what might cause it and how it can affect you. Includes information about ways you can help yourself and how to get support.
Stress isn't a medical diagnosis, so there's no specific treatment for it. However, if you're finding it very hard to cope with things going on in your life and are experiencing lots of signs of stress, there are treatments available that could help. These include:
To access most treatments, the first step is usually to talk to your GP. (See our pages on seeking help for a mental health problem for tips on how to talk to your doctor about your mental health.)
Talking with a trained professional can help you learn to deal with stress and become more aware of your own thoughts and feelings. Common types of talking treatments which can help with stress are:
"Using mindfulness [helps me] to just allow some space to breathe and focus on the present moment."
Feelings of stress are a reaction to things happening in your life, not a mental health problem, so there's no specific medication for stress. However, there are various medications available which can help to reduce or manage some of the signs of stress.
For example, your doctor might offer to prescribe:
(You can find out more about ecotherapy, including details of local programmes, in our pages on ecotherapy.)
"[It helps me to] spend time outdoors or doing crafts."
You may find certain complementary therapies help you manage feelings of stress. These might include:
(See our pages on complementary and alternative therapies for more information.)
This information was published in November 2017. We will revise it in 2020.
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