Stress Related Disorders

Stress seems to worsen or increase the risk of conditions like obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, depression, gastrointestinal problems, and asthma.

Medical conditions are often related to other diseases and conditions. These conditions may be a cause or symptom of stress or be a condition for which you may be at increased risk. Need another thing to get stressed out about? Your stress itself could be making you sick.

“Stress doesn’t only make us feel awful emotionally,” says Jay Winner MD, author of Take the Stress Out of Your Life and director of the Stress Management Program for Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara, Calif. “It can also exacerbate just about any health condition you can think of.”

Studies have found many health problems related to stress. Stress seems to worsen or increase the risk of conditions like obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, depression, gastrointestinal problems, and asthma. Before you get too stressed out about being stressed out, there is some good news. Following some simple stress relief tips could both lower your stress and lower your health risks.

Some of the conditions are:

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Thrush
  • Muscle spasms
  • Rosacea
  • Psoriasis
  • Headache
  • Canker sores
  • Genital Herpes in Women
  • Panic Attacks
  • Chronic Rhinitis and Post-nasal drip
  • Dry Mouth
  • Anxiety
  • Hair Loss
  • Tension Headaches
  • Cough
  • Gum Disease
  • Vitiligo
  • Cushing’s Syndrome
  • Heart Attack
  • Acne
  • Heartburn
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Sty
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP)
  • Colic in Babies
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Indigestion (dyspepsia, upset stomach)
  • Eczema
  • Cluster Headaches
  • STD’s in Men
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hodgkin’s Disease
  • Cancer


The list keeps going on and on, still, you might be wondering why. Why would stress make us sick? Why would an emotional feeling wreak havoc on our bodies?

Stress isn’t only a feeling. “Stress isn’t just in your head,” Winner says. It’s a built-in physiologic response to a threat. When you’re stressed, your body responds. Your blood vessels constrict. Your blood pressure and pulse rise. You breathe faster. Your bloodstream is flooded with hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline.