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Sleepless Nights, Hair Loss And Cracked Teeth: Pandemic Stress Takes Its Toll

“The mental health component of COVID is starting to come like a tsunami,” says Dr. Jennifer Love, a California-based psychiatrist and co-author of an upcoming book on how to heal from chronic stress.

Although symptoms of chronic stress are often dismissed as being in one’s head, the pain is real, says Kate Harkness, a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Queen’s University in Ontario.

“When the body feels unsafe — whether it’s a physical threat of attack or a psychological fear of losing a job or catching a disease — the brain signals adrenal glands to pump stress hormones. Adrenaline and cortisol flood the body, activating the fight-or-flight response. They also disrupt bodily functions that aren’t necessary for immediate survival, such as digestion and reproduction.

Stress is also the culprit dentists are pointing to for the rapid increase in patients with teeth grinding, teeth fractures and temporomandibular joint disorder.  …”pandemic-related stress has brought on mood swings, nightmares and jaw pain.”

The article provides some evidenced based stress management techniques.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/10/14/923672884/sleepless-nights-hair-loss-and-cracked-teeth-pandemic-stress-takes-its-toll

 

 

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