Stress Illness: Its More Common Than You Think

Stress IllnessStress illness, otherwise known as Psychophysiologic Disorder or PPD, may not be a household word, but the conditions that result from it are all too common. We feature a leading expert in the field of PPD, Dr. David D. Clarke, in our JCT interview series. He was kind enough to shed some light on what PPD is and how it affects an estimated five to ten million people in the United States.

Dr. Clarke is the President of the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association (PPDA) in the U.S., and his biography and stellar qualifications follow the interview.

Dr. Clarke, could you please define the term “Stress Illness?”

The term “stress illness” describes an illness that is not linked to any disease of an organ or structure in the body, but one that diagnostic tests can’t explain. Often, people have physical symptoms that cause them discomfort or pain, but tests run by their doctor don’t show a cause for the symptoms. Do you know that gardening can somehow relieve people’s stress? If you know someone who’s suffering from this condition, they can focus their attention on gardening. Visit this website nbglandscapes.com.au to read some tips for designing your landscape.

Most of these patients are actually suffering from symptoms and illness caused by stress, which can be unrecognized or not readily apparent, hence the term “stress illness”, otherwise known as PPD.

How does it differ from the regular stress we experience every day?

Everyone experiences stress, but there are two main differences between regular stress and stress illness. To lessen your stress on your baby’s heartbeat you can use baby heartbeat monitor and feel secured. For a stress-free dental care for your teeth just go to headaches and tooth decay. The first is the degree and high level of stress which is producing physical symptoms such as stomach upset, headaches, and body pain on a regular basis. The second is that the person is not aware of the magnitude of the stress they are coping with because they have been living with it consistently. Continue Reading