Toxic Stress, The Hidden Disease


3 Tips to Better Health

Adrenal Fatigue? Fibromyaglia? Depression? Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? Hypothyroidism? Heart Disease? Chronic Pain? Migraine headaches? What do all of these conditions have in common? Each of these conditions is either caused by stress and/or exacerbated by stress; either way deadly emotions can kill us! I don’t mean to frighten or scare anyone but the loss of a loved one to any of the aforementioned and related conditions is horrifying and we have to get real about our health! Agree? I’m sure you do!

The mind and body are linked. How you feel emotionally will affect how you feel physically and the reverse is true as well. Don Colbert, M.D. the author of Deadly Emotions noted that researchers have directly and scientifically linked emotions to hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diseases related to the immune system. Additionally, his book indicated studies have also highly correlated emotions with infections, allergies, and autoimmune disease. If you have ever experienced or know someone who has suffered with clinical depression or anxiety you may know that often people show up in the emergency room for symptoms with what may feel like a heart attack. After a thorough and costly workup, the person is typically told they had a panic attack and are prescribed medication and sent on their way.

Women seem much more vulnerable to much of the problems described because we overwhelm our biological system with over scheduled lives, trying to meet unrealistic demands and time lines, the daily caregiver role for families and the never ending sleep deprived days/nights. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing 292,188 women in 2009—that’s 1 in every 4 female deaths (CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Stress negatively impacts brain function and facing difficult events makes us more vulnerable to illness. Many people deal with anxiety and depression. The reason is the worry can become deeply ingrained in the way we think thus impacting how we feel about ourselves, others and our future.

The good news is this is reversible. We can improve our physical health by conquering the toxic and deadly emotions that take over our minds and hold us captive to tons of medication and doctor visits.

Be encouraged. Make a choice today to change the way you interpret and give meaning to life events. Be open to transforming your thought life to increase your longevity.

3 quick tips for managing your emotional and physical health:

  1. Acknowledge that you have a problem. Work through the stigma that seeking help means you’re weak. Nothing could be further from the truth.
  2. Get as much information as you can about health and wellness. The internet is free and while some sites lack credible references-most do a really good job!
  3. Ask for help. Someone you know has been where you are and have benefitted from a support group, psychotherapist, health coach, nutritionist, or trainer.

Don’t shortchange yourself. Invest in your health. The healthier your brain the better you can cope with the ups and downs of your life. You are worth it!


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About Angela Clack

Dr. Angela Roman Clack is a Psychologist and Licensed Professional Counselor practicing in New Jersey. Practicing in the field of mental health for over 15 years, Dr. Clack has developed a specialty in working with women with emotional and physical health issues as well as interpersonal/interpersonal distress. Dr. Clack is a Certified Women’s Empowerment Coach and Consultant. She seeks to empower and help women live their truest expression of themselves, embrace their imperfections, love themselves and to remove self-imposed barriers that get in the way of personal and professional success.

One thought on “Toxic Stress, The Hidden Disease

  1. pspaulasusan

    What a well-written and powerfully important article! We are really killing ourselves just by the way we handle our lives – the way we think about things. We are the ones hurting ourselves by letting our emotions overrun our reasoning.

    Great job!


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