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Stress Disorders Specialist

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine

Neurophysical & Behavioral Medicine & Children ADHD & Autism Specialist located in Irvine, CA & West Los Angeles, CA

Chronic stress is a national epidemic that takes a toll on Americans’ mental, emotional, and physical health. Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine in Irvine and West Los Angeles, California, has been helping people cope with stress-related disorders since 1980. The practice conducts industry-leading research that fuels its evidence-based stress treatment program. You don’t have to live with chronic stress and other stress disorders. Call Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine to schedule a consultation today.

Stress Disorders Q & A

What is stress?

Stress is a normal human response to change or perceived danger. It triggers your “fight or flight” response to keep you safe. Today, however, many Americans live with chronically elevated stress levels that lead to disruptive mental and physiological disorders. 

Many factors contribute to stress, including challenges and responsibilities at work, home, or school. Some of these factors lead to continuously elevated stress. Your body isn’t equipped to cope with chronic stress, and eventually, it can lead to health problems.

When is stress harmful?

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine has completed extensive research on stress and stress-related disorders. Their work has proven how stress harms your health and interferes with your immune system. Chronic stress leads to disorders that include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Digestive problems

When you’re stressed, your body pumps hormones, including cortisol, adrenaline, and norepinephrine, into your bloodstream. Your heart rate and blood pressure increase, as do your blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. 

These physiological responses increase your muscle tension and slow down your digestive system and immune response. Your body can’t maintain this state for a prolonged time, but modern life causes near-constant stress for many people. 

Over time, you become vulnerable to emotional and physical symptoms. Your weakened immune system isn’t able to fight off viruses, and you’re more susceptible to autoimmune diseases. 

It can also lead to chronic inflammation, which is linked to many debilitating conditions like atherosclerosis — a leading factor in heart attack and stroke.

How do you treat stress?

With decades of research to back them, the experts at Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine offer highly customized treatment for stress disorders. They begin by assessing your stress levels with biofeedback and qEEG brain mapping technology. 

These tests provide baseline data about your stress levels and the effects on your body. Then, you begin a treatment program using biofeedback to achieve regenerative levels of relaxation. 

You might already practice meditation and relaxation at home, but the Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine process provides immediate feedback to help you learn psychophysiological relaxation and self-regulation. 

Biofeedback is critical to learning a new skill. When you learned how to ride a bike, your eyes provided the information you needed to remain balanced. Imagine trying to learn to ride a bike blindfolded. 

Biofeedback provides the data you need to perfect your stress management. You learn to shift back to healthy, balanced stress levels that allow normal physiological functioning. 

What results can I expect from stress treatment?

Over the years, more than 80% of patients at Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine have been able to wean themselves off medication by the end of their treatment program. 

The team has helped patients recover from various mental and physical health problems, including anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol.

Call Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine to make an appointment for effective, research-based treatments for stress disorders.