Kathi Whitten, LCSW - Individual, Couple & Family Psychotherapy

Evidence of the strong connections between stress and illness is becoming increasingly available. 

Stress does not merely leave you feeling fatigued or pressured, it also affects your body in other ways, along with your emotions and even your behavior.
Many people live chronically stressed lives, and may not realize their mental and physical health may be compromised.
For instance, the Mayo Clinic warns of the serious health risks associated with unremitting stressful conditions in our lives. Stress hormones affect the immune system and may lead to chronic illnesses, and even affect sleep and memory.
Chronic stress puts people at risk for such things as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and other addictive disorders and serious health problems.
It's useful to intervene as much as possible in life situations that lead to strain, worry and tension. It is possible to treat depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders. It is also possible to address relationship difficulties in order to bring about more satisfying connections with others. 

People can re-order their lives and find calmer, more mindful and  satisfying ways of living and use stress-reducing coping skills.
If you are already dealing with some of the physical disorders that may be associated with stress, you can organize or restructure your life, including your medical condition, to have less tension, a better control of your physical symptoms.
Therapy is a means by which people can look at the situations in their lives that trouble them, repair wounded relationships and learn new coping skills. These are all elements of lowering stress.

Kathi Whitten. LCSW   2011