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One common problem is health anxiety. If you worry a lot about your health, you are going to double your problem. Another common problem is the experience of psychosomatic reactions to stress. This means that your experience of anxiety creates or worsens a physical complaint. And definitely, stress can negatively affect your health in a negative loop. You feel stress, your body develops illness which causes more stress which causes worsening of conditions. In any of the above mentioned scenarios a professional will definitely be able to help you.
Indeed, stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. One common stress response is the tightening of muscles. Progressive relaxation, deep breathing, yoga, and medication are all possible ways to start helping yourself if you haven't done so already.
Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can help you manage them. Stress that's left unchecked can contribute to many health problems such as the ones you are mentioning and others, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. I would consult a specialist if there is one in your area. It seems there is sometimes a shortage of specialists and if this is the case, just getting started with a general practitioner is better than nothing.
If you are interested in taking medication, a psychiatrist is your best bet. However, if you are looking to learn behavioral strategies and coping skills a therapist or psychologist who specializes in stress management, health anxiety, or biofeedback might be your best bet.
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