Stress Affects Your Health, Mind and Body

Stress Affects Your Health, Mind and Body

Stress can be highly personal, with one person’s unpleasant experience and another person’s who is unaffected by the experience. About 70 percent of doctor visits and 80 percent of serious illnesses may be exacerbated or linked to stress.

Stress Management long term fixes:

  • Exercise – 30″ Day / 5 Days
  • Yoga
  • Meditation – Daily
  • Conscious Breathing – Daily
  • Mindfulness
  • Progressive Relaxation – Daily
  • Journaling – Daily
  • Guided Meditation- Daily
  • Visualization
  • Biofeedback
  • Tai Chi
  • Qiqong
  • Tae Bo
  • Boxing
  • Short Term Fixes
  • More…


Stress Can Affect Your Health and Body in 23 Ways:


1. Fight or flight 50-60 times a day. The adrenals output hormones, such as cortisol & adrenaline that raises blood pressure and blood sugar. Not needed in most cases today. Over time it can be harmful to health.

2. Cravings Studies have linked cortisol to cravings for sugar and fat. Eat healthy meals/snacks when an attack of emotional eating occurs.

3. Fat storage “You can clearly correlate stress to weight gain,” says Philip Hagen, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The stress hormone cortisol may increase the amount of fat tissue your body hangs onto and enlarge the size of fat cells. Higher levels of cortisol have been linked to more abdominal belly fat.

4. Heart A recent study of 200,000 employees in Europe found that people who have stressful jobs and little decision-making power at work are 23% more likely to have a first heart attack than people with less job-related stress. Lead a heart-healthy lifestyle and focus on reducing stress in your life.

5. Insomnia Stress can cause hyper-arousal, a biological state in which people just don’t feel sleepy. See our Insomnia Blogs.

6. Headaches “Fight or flight” chemicals like adrenaline (epinephrine) and cortisol can cause tension headaches or migraines, either during the stress or in the “let-down” period afterwards. Stress also makes your muscles tense, which can make the pain of a migraine worse.

7. Memory Too much of the stress hormone cortisol can interfere with the brain’s ability to form new memories. During acute stress, the hormone also interferes with neurotransmitters, the chemicals that brain cells use to communicate with each other. That can make it hard to think straight or retrieve memories. A meditation practice should be implemented.

8. Hair Severe stress may even harm your hair. While the research is mixed, stress is thought to play a role in triggering hair loss in the autoimmune condition called alopecia areata. Stress and anxiety can also contribute to a disorder medically known as trichotillomania, in which people have a hard-to-resist urge to pull out the hair from their own scalp.

9. Pregnancy – Remain Calm. Stress may affect the ability to get pregnant. One study found that women with the highest levels of a stress-related substance called alpha-amylase were about 12% less likely to get pregnant each cycle than those with the lowest concentrations. During pregnancy severe stress, like losing a job or going through a divorce, can increase the chances of premature labor. There’s even some research suggesting that very high levels of stress can affect the developing fetal brain. Prenatal yoga and other stress-reduction techniques can help, so talk to your doctor if you’re severely stressed and pregnant.

10. Blood sugar Stress is known to raise blood sugar, and if you already have type 2 diabetes you may find that your blood sugar is higher when you are under stress.

One study of obese black women without diabetes found that those who produced more stress-related epinephrine when asked to recall stressful life events had higher fasting glucose and bigger blood sugar spikes than those with lower epinephrine, suggesting it might raise your risk for getting diabetes too. High swings in blood sugar equals early death.

11. Digestion Heartburn, stomach cramping, and diarrhea can all be caused by or worsened by stress. Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, which is characterized by pain and bouts of constipation and diarrhea is thought to be fueled in part by stress.

12. Blood pressure A stressful situation can raise your blood pressure temporarily. Chronic stress can cause more permanent changes in your blood pressure.

13. Brain tissue Brain-imaging research shows that major stresses can reduce the amount of tissue in regions of the brain that regulate emotions and self-control. This damage may make dealing with future stresses even harder. Reverse with effective stress-management techniques and neuroplasticity  practices.

14. Skin Stress can give you zits. Research suggests that students with acne are more prone to outbreaks during exams compared to less stressful time periods. An increase of male hormones known as androgens could be a culprit, particularly in women. Stress can also trigger psoriasis to appear for the first time or make an existing case more severe. Stress Management such as biofeedback and meditation can help.

15. Back pain Stress can set off an acute attack of back pain as well as contribute to ongoing chronic pain, due to the “fight or flight” response tensing your muscles. One European study found that people who are prone to anxiety and negative thinking are more likely to develop back pain, while a U.S. study tied anger and mental distress to ongoing back pain.

16. Sex appeal One study found that women were less attracted to men with high levels of the stress hormone cortisol compared to men with lower levels. Low levels of stress suggest strength, health and control which are desirable traits to be passed on to offspring.

17. Stroke A study of 20,000 people who had never had a stroke or heart disease found that stress was linked to an increased risk of stroke. In another recent study, healthy adults who had experienced a stressful life event within the past year were four times as likely to suffer a stroke than their less-stressed counterparts. Narrowing of the arteries (known as atherosclerosis) due to stress-related high blood pressure and diet.

18. Premature aging Traumatic events and chronic stress can both shorten telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of cell chromosomes, causing your cells to age faster.

19. Colds  Researchers believe stressed people’s immune cells may be less sensitive to a hormone that turns off inflammation reducing the immune system fight against the common colds and bronchitis.

20. Asthma Stress seems to exacerbate asthma in people who have the lung condition. In one study, children who experienced severe stress such as the death of a loved one had a nearly two-fold increase in the risk of an asthma attack over the following two weeks compared to those not under stress. Stress may amplify the immune response to asthma triggers such as pollen, animal dander, or dust.

21. Job performance Studies of employees ranging from military personnel to bankers show that stress reduces productivity and satisfaction at work, and is linked to depression too.

One solution is to ask your employer to offer stress-management training, which can address company-wide stressors like weak communication channels as well as focusing on stress busters for individuals. “Stress clearly has an effect on productivity, and the costs of that for employers can be very high,” Dr. Hagen points out.

22. Seizures Johns Hopkins Hospital Doctors have found that some people who are especially sensitive to stress can experience seizure-like symptoms, such as far-off staring and convulsions. Up to one-third of people treated for seizures at the hospital didn’t respond to standard anti-seizure medication and doctors concluded that they had stress-induced symptoms. Known as conversion disorder, some people can subconsciously express emotional trauma as physical symptoms, they say.

23. Sex drive Stressed out people have less sex and enjoy it less when they do get it as compared to people who aren’t under stress. Reducing and managing stress can often turn things around. If not, sexual dysfunction can have medical causes so it’s important to talk to a doctor.

–By Kate Fodor, – Edited by Richard Taylor

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Atlanta Anger Management 
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Eating lots of vegetables is good for everyone and great for people with diabetes. Choose these low-carbohydrate veggies for a healthier, happier you.

Medically reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH

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  1. Spinach

  2. Brussels Sprouts

  3. Cabbage

  4. Broccoli

  5. Cauliflower

  6. Tomato

  7. Cucumber
  8. Asparagus


Dr Fuhrman’s Other Super Foods
Limit Salad Dressing to None to Very Small Amount
Eat Raw as much as possible

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Reverse Diabetes Through Eating Right

No Meats, No Fish, No Dairy, No Oils, No Microwave, No Caffeine = OUCH =WHAT?,

  • Kale
  • Watercress
  • Collards
  • Mustard & Turnip Greens
  • Bok Choy
  • Swiss Chard
  • Arugula
  • Radish
  • Bean Sprouts
  • Romaine
  • Red Pepper
  • Carrots
  • Artichokes
  • Strawberries
  • Pomegranate Juice (High Sugar)
  • Blackberries
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Mushrooms -Eat Daily For Anti Cancer Prevention
  • Blueberries
  • Papaya
  • oranges
  • Beans (All varieties)
  • Seeds – Flax -Sunflower, Sesame, Pumpkin (no Salt, not Roasted = Raw)
  • Onions – Eat Daily For Anti Cancer Prevention
  • Walnuts


Director Richard Taylor BS, CAMF
Certified Anger Management Facilitator
Diplomate American Association Anger Management Providers

Atlanta Anger Management
5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 678-576-1913
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

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Call Richard Taylor 678.576.1913 of ATLANTA ANGER MANAGEMENT
Rage Help.

Rage is an emotion felt by some that is often expressed as a sudden outburst “RANT”
from a small activating event usually directed toward a loved one. Often the person feels very powerful and tends to “lose time” that shows as memory lose of at least some of the expression of this emotion. Often quite a lot of memory is missing or “blocked out”.

It is considered the most extreme expression of anger and here at Atlanta Anger Management treated a bit differently than our “normal” angry clients.

Why you might ask…?

We consider Rage and Anger as different.

A simple differentiation is:

Anger: I can remember what I say and do.
Rage: Most often I cannot remember what I say or do.

Learning education based Anger Management skills can improve your overall anger control skills yet often the Rage remains.

Rage is associated with the Fight-Flight-Freeze response and often activated in response to an external minor cue. The person tends to have a passive nature and stuffs daily stress and low grade angry feelings until their “pressure cooker” is full and needs to blow to let off steam. A rant issues directly usually to one person. It tends to get more frequent in it’s expression and more intense also. If left unchecked rage may lead to violence.

Depression and anxiety lead to an increased susceptibility to rage and there are modern treatments for this emotional pattern.

Rage can sometimes lead to a state of mind where the individual experiencing it believes, and often is capable of doing things that may normally seem physically impossible. Those experiencing rage usually feel the effects of high adrenaline levels in the body. This increase in adrenal output raises the physical strength and endurance levels of the person and sharpens their senses, while dulling the sensation of pain. Temporal perspective is also affected: people in a rage have described experiencing events in slow-motion.

An explanation of this “time dilation” effect is that instead of actually slowing our perception of time, high levels of adrenaline increase our ability to recall specific minutiae of an event after it occurs. Since humans gauge time based on the amount of things they can remember, high-adrenaline events such as those experienced during periods of rage seem to unfold more slowly.[2]

A person in a state of rage loses much of his or her capacity for rational thought and reasoning, and may act, usually violently, on his or her impulses to the point that they may attack until they themselves have been incapacitated or the source of their rage has been destroyed.

A raging person also experiences tunnel vision, muffled hearing, increased heart rate and hyperventilation. They often focus only on the source of their anger.

The large amounts of adrenaline and oxygen in the bloodstream may cause a person’s extremities to shake. The become”scary looking”. Often the distorted facial expression is extreme.
Rage occurs when oxytocin, vasopressin, and corticotropin-releasing hormone are rapidly released from the hypothalamus. This results in the pituitary gland producing and releasing large amounts of the adrenocorticotropic hormone, which causes the adrenal cortex to release corticosteroids. This chain reaction occurs when faced with a threatening situation.[4]

Anger is a secondary physical emotion caused from a primary feeling felt such as frustration, being disrespected, being manipulated etc. It is a present moment feeling.

Rage is an explosive emotion being triggered most often from a trivial event in a few short seconds bypassing anger. The rager goes into a “rant” and berates the object of the rant. Trust is destroyed. There are no consequences. No thought. Just Emotion. We can’t identify the feeling…it is just too intense and immense. It comes from the past.

When is Rage A Problem?


  • When it is too intense
  • Too frequent
  • Too destructive

Who Would Benefit:

–> You experience rage often (irrational over reaction to an activating event)
–> When you rage you lose time and don’t remember what happened
–> When you get ‘very angry, rant ‘ [RAGE] you alienate everyone around you
–> Your intimate relationship is in crises, you just raged.
–> When you get ‘angry’ you want to destroy
–> When you get ‘angry’ you want to kill
–> You can’t help but break objects, kick doors, punch holes in the wall
–> You don’t do anger
–> You do not ever get angry, but use passive aggressive behaviors
–> You stuff feelings fairly well but need rage to let off steam
–> You don’t have many emotions ‘Mr Spock’
–> I like myself but not many others don’t
–> People seem to avoid me, or walk on “eggshells” around me
–> My was just told to get some anger management or else the relationship is over
–> I don’t like it…but yes I guess I have some anger/rage issues…
–> I rage and scare myself from what happened when I blacked out.
–> I’m realize my kids are beginning to copy my rage behavior. I will get help for them.
Health Complications
Some research suggests that an individual is more susceptible to having feelings of depression and anxiety if he or she experiences rage on a frequent basis.

Health complications become much worse if an individual represses feelings of rage.[5] Dr.John E. Sarno believes that repressed rage in the subconscious leads to physical ailments. Cardiac stress and hypertension are other health complications that will occur when rage is experienced on a regular basis. Psycho-pathological conditions such as depression increase the chances of experiencing feelings of rage.[6] Cardiac Disease due to damaged blood vessels.

Types of therapy
Evidence has shown that behavioral and cognitive therapy techniques have assisted individuals that have difficulties controlling their anger or rage.

Richard Taylor, Owner/Director of Atlanta Anger Management uses several different approaches to helping people who rage (RAGERS) depending on the individual’s openness to the process.

One on One Private Sessions are necessary, not anger management classes with others. The individual needs personal attention to address underlying issues and possible trauma that may be the root cause of this expression of high level anger.

  • Gaining an understanding of Anger vs. Rage starts the education process
  • Anger and Rage Logs to document occurrences
  • Awareness Enhancement
  • Relaxation Stress Management Techniques
  • Assertion Skill Enhancement
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Improved Empathy Building
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Techniques on Response Disruption
  • Journeling
  • Breathing Skill Enhancement
  • Rewire The Brain Techniques
  • Mediation Practice

MRI scans of people who practice compassion meditation show that they have changed their brains in ways that make them more compassionate and less prone to negative emotions such as rage.[9]

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs have also been scientifically demonstrated to produce more frequent and strong feelings of love and happiness and less feelings of rage, anger, stress and depression. See Mindfulness topic on this blog.

The Psychology of Rage
According to psychologists, rage is a behavior that every person exhibits in some form.

Rage is often used to denote hostile/affective/reactive aggression (as distinct from predatory/instrumental/proactive aggression, which by contrast is motivated by a desire to obtain some goal by use of aggression).[10]

It denotes aggression where there is anger present, that is motivated by causing some harm to others, and that is characterized by impulsive thinking and a lack of planning.

Some psychologists, however, such as Bushman and Anderson, argue that the hostile/predatory dichotomy that is commonly employed in psychology fails to define rage fully, since it is possible for anger to motivate aggression, provoking vengeful behavior, without incorporating the impulsive thinking that is characteristic of rage. They point to individuals or groups such as Seung-Hui Cho in the Virginia Tech massacre or Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold of the Columbine High School massacre, and the suicide bombers of 9/11, all of whom clearly experienced intense anger and hate, but whose planning (sometimes over periods of years), forethought, and lack of impulsive behavior is readily observable.[11]


Rage usually represents the ultimate push of hormones creating an outrageous expression, both emotional and physical. Many of the effects that stem from anger and how a person reaches the point of expressing rage is a fine line associated with these behavioral tendencies. Rage is considered to be an emergency primal reaction that humans are pre-wired to express. Rage tends to be expressed when a person faces a threat to their pride, position, status or dignity.[12]

Expression of rage can be very intense, often distinguished by distorted facial expressions and by threat (or execution) of physical attack. Rage is associated with individuals who experience psycho-pathological issues. This can lead to physical violence resulting in serious injury or death.[13]
Self-esteem is another factor of one feeling rage; evidence has shown that individuals that suffer from low self-esteem may compensate by inflicting physical harm onto others.[14]

Some psychologists have seen rage as being internally focused, constituting an attack on one’s self rather than on others. They believe this leads to rage being more intense, less focused and longer lasting. They also believe this ‘self-inflicted’ rage is a narcissistic response to one’s past injuries. Rage, under this set of theories, is caused from built up anger from past traumas. These accumulated dispositions are stored in our mind.[15]

Rage can also be released in the wake of a traumatic event. In people who witness the killing of a loved one, many will often enter or “go into a rage”, attempting to kill the perpetrator. This can sometimes be the most violent and reluctant type of rage and will usually end only after the killer or they themselves have been killed.

The Cannon-Bard Theory
Whether or not actions arise from the emotional state of rage is the subject of controversy in cognitive study. Cannon-Bard holds that a stimulus causes both the reaction and the emotion at once. Thus, a person would not first become enraged and then act, but do both simultaneously. Richard Taylor agrees with this.

PMS and Hormonal Rage

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Director Richard Taylor BS, CAMF
Certified Anger Management Facilitator
Diplomate American Association Anger Management Providers

Atlanta Anger Management
5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 678-576-1913
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

Linked in:

#1 Certified Anderson and Anderson™ Anger Management Provider
The Best Of The Best In Anger Management & Emotional Intelligence


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  6. ^ Painuly et al., 2005
  7. ^ Willner et al., 2002; Lishman et al., 2008.
  8. ^ Gerzina & Drummond, 2000.
  9. ^ Study shows compassion meditation changes the brain March 25, 2008 by Dian Land
  10. ^ Fontaine, 2007
  11. ^ DiGiuseppe & Tafrate, 2006.
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  13. ^ Greene et al., 1994
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