Stress Medicine - The Various Forms
Whilst there is medication available for dealing with stress, it is and should not be used for coping with day to day stresses at the work place, or at home. Stress is very much a part of our lives, and we should learn to cope with it without the use of medication. It is important to manage stress so that it is at an acceptable or optimal level, and acts as a positive motivating force.
However, there may be certain stressors that we face such as the death of a loved one or a traumatic experience. These stressors are difficult to cope with without the help of medication to control the symptoms of anxiety and insomnia. These sudden and disastrous events can create extremely stressful situations and doctors will usually have to take precautions in prescribing suitable medications for each individual.
Other cases where medication may be necessary or essential for stress related reactions include sever headaches, such as tension type headache (TTH) which is caused by fluctuations in the circulation of blood and muscle tension. According to The Journal of American Medical Association, tricyclic antidepressants when combined with stress therapy, are highly effective in dealing with TTHs and other headache related symptoms and pain.
The most common medication prescribed for stress is in relation to reducing anxiety and depression, and are usually in the group of tranquilizers or sedatives which function by slowing down the nervous system. These include benzodiazepines and azapirones, which are used for short terms and have severe side effects. They may also lead to addiction if used for long periods.
Apart from these, it is also possible to turn to a range of natural medications such as ayurveda and herbs. These do not contain any side effects, and are equally effective in reducing the physical and psychological reactions associated with stress.
There has also been an influx of alternative treatments used in dealing with stress. For example, laughter has been found to release certain hormones and chemicals in our body that help to reduce stress and blood pressure. It is also a natural cure for depression, and boosts the body’s immune system.
Research from the University of Cincinnati has also found that the consumption of sweets decrease the production of glucocorticoid, which is a hormone produced when the body is under stress. This hormone helps the body to recover from the stress, but has the negative effect of increasing obesity and decreasing the body’s immunity. Sugar snacks, specifically those that are not artificially sweetened, are recommended self medications for psychological and physical stress reactions.
In sum, there is a range of medications and treatments available to help deal with stress. However, do bear in mind that if you feel that medical help is necessary you should speak to a professional who can recommend the most suitable alternative for your needs. Self medication should be avoided.