Understanding the most common sources of stress
Some psychologists feel that chronic stress is so common that it’s becoming a public health crisis. People of all ages suffer from stress—from young children to adults to seniors—and virtually anything can be a stress trigger depending on how it’s perceived. Constant stress reduces enjoyment of life, but there is hope for a better life. Southern Hills Hospital specializes in treating the mental health disorders of geriatric patients. Recognizing the critical need for behavioral healthcare for younger patients, our hospital in Las Vegas recently announced plans to build a new mental healthcare facility.
Significant life changes
In addition to everyday stress, people can experience dramatic spikes in stress levels due to significant life events. These can include:
- Death in the family
- Death of a pet
- Major illness or surgery
- Job loss
Psychologists note that a major life change doesn’t have to be negative to cause a sudden spike in stress . Stress levels can peak even when the life change is welcomed. It can take some time to adjust to the following new circumstances:
- New baby
- New job
- New house
- High school or college graduation
Personal finances can create stress in anyone, regardless of his or her resources. Low-income individuals may worry about getting the bills paid, building a rainy day fund and handling unexpected expenses. High-earners may fret about the state of their investments, the volatile stock market or keeping up with the Joneses.
Time is one of life’s most precious commodities, and it seems that there is never enough of it. A few time-related sources of stress include:
- Running late for work
- Rushing to get errands done
- Providing caregiving services for a loved one
Technology has made the world seem smaller than ever before, but connectivity might not always be a good thing. Some psychologists have suggested that excessive social media use and heightened awareness of world events may be contributing to the stress and anxiety of some individuals. The technology may not be going away, but it may be worth the effort to unplug every now and then.
From our mental health program to our maternity services, our dedication to superior patient experiences is evident in all that we do. Southern Hills Hospital is here to help families throughout Las Vegas live healthier, happier and more productive lives. If you are interested in learning more about our psychiatry services, you can call our nurse referral line at (702) 916-5023.
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