Stress Management Specialist

Dominique J. Smith, MD -  - Gynecologist

Premier Health & Wellness

Dominique J. Smith, MD

Gynecologist & Integrative Medicine located in Lithonia, GA

Stress is a part of life, but when stress levels become too high, you can experience wide-ranging negative effects. At Premier Health & Wellness in Lithonia, Georgia, Dominique J. Smith, MD, and the rest of the team understand the importance of stress management and offer treatments and therapies to help you live your best possible life. When you’re ready to learn more, schedule a one-on-one consultation online or by phone.

Stress Management Q & A

Why is stress a health risk?

Stress is actually an essential part of human survival. When exposed to a potentially threatening scenario, your body releases hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. Those hormones enable your “fight or flight” response and prompt action that can prevent harm. 

When this occurs after an event like a car pulling out in front of you or a noise in the night, your body processes those hormones quickly and restores a normal equilibrium. Chronic stress occurs when circumstances or events lead to a long term stress response. 

Your body isn’t capable of managing long term stress well. Chronic stress can affect many aspects of health and wellness. 

What are some symptoms of chronic stress?

Chronic stress can cause widespread symptoms, including:

  • Disorganized thoughts
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Irritability or mood swings
  • Changes in appetite
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Digestive distress
  • Recurring infections or illness 
  • Sexual dysfunction

Left untreated, chronic stress can increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, autoimmune disease, gastrointestinal disorders, and many other health concerns. 

How does stress management help?

Your practitioner can work with you to find ways to reduce daily stress and enjoy your life more fully. Lifestyle modifications may play a role in that process. There are also medications that can help manage stress, but finding a natural, nonpharmaceutical solution is always the preferred approach.

Premier Health & Wellness offers neurofeedback, an innovative treatment that uses your brain waves to identify your neurological reactions to certain stimuli and find ways to shift those reactions in a more positive direction. Over time, neurofeedback can dramatically improve stress levels as well as headaches, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, and much more. 

Ondamed™ therapy is another option for stress management. This approach uses pulsed electromagnetic fields and biofeedback to promote relaxation and enhanced cognitive function. Treatments are noninvasive and can also help you get better sleep and find relief from chronic pain. 

Don’t let stress overwhelm your life when there are safe and effective treatments that can help. Schedule a consultation today at Premier Health & Wellness online or by phone to explore stress management services in greater detail.