Stress is a natural, response to a range of daily experiences.  At times stress can become overwhelming and lead to serious physical and emotional side effects including over-eating and difficulty sleeping.


Dr Owais Sharif (MBBS DPM PgDipPsych MRCPsych)

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When working effectively, stress allows us to respond well to challenges. Our psychiatrists can help you find effective ways to manage your stress. It is important to talk to an expert to ensure any related illness or other connected issues can also be reviewed (e.g. depression or other issues connected with alcohol or substance abuse).

There’s no specific medication for stress – the feelings are a reaction to things happening in your life, not a mental health problem. There are however various medications available which can help to reduce or manage some of the signs of stress.

You may for example be prescribed sleeping pills or minor tranquilisers if you’re having trouble sleeping or antidepressants if you’re experiencing depression or anxiety.

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