mental health, therapy, counseling and psychology terms glossary

Chronic Stress

The human body releases certain hormones in response to situations it deems stressful – this is entirely natural. However, it is possible to have too many stressors occurring continuously or too often which keeps the stress system activated – this is known as Chronic Stress.

Persistent stress can lead to lack of focus, irritability, resentment, substance abuse, and other serious health problems. Because the body isn’t designed to handle ongoing stress for long periods of time, extreme amounts of prolonged stress can cause high blood pressure, insomnia, muscle tension, a weakened immune system, fertility issues, and even heart attacks.

In the current world with everything digital and expectations so high, chronic stress is occurring more and more. Therapy can help an individual manage chronic stress by working to identify the stressful challenges and define ways to cope and prioritize more effectively.

At Claibourne Counseling, we specialize in treating Chronic Stress!