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In today's fast-paced world, you can't avoid stress; however, prolonged stress increases hormone levels, leading to emotional and physical problems. Kelly Thompson, LCSW, has extensive experience providing whole-person therapies that help you minimize stress, restore balance, and prevent serious stress-related problems like heart disease. To schedule a telemedicine appointment, call the office in Waco, Texas, or book an appointment online today.

Stress Q & A

How does stress affect my health?

Many people don’t realize that stress can serve a positive role. When you feel stressed, the feeling alerts your brain, triggering the release of hormones. The hormones give you a burst of energy to deal with whatever causes the stress, then the hormones return to their normal levels.

However, if you often feel stressed or frequently deal with stressful circumstances, your stress hormones stay abnormally high.

Chronic stress can cause many symptoms that signal a need for stress management, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger and irritability
  • Headaches
  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic pain
  • Substance abuse

Without treatment, long-term stress leads to serious health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, a weakened immune system, thyroid disease, and Type 2 diabetes.

What causes stress?

You can probably name several things that cause stress on a daily basis, from getting stuck in traffic jams and noisy neighbors to waking up with the flu when you have a big day planned.

However, life transitions also cause significant and long-lasting stress. A few of the top stressors include:

  • Getting divorced or breaking up
  • Getting married
  • Starting or ending a job
  • Being discriminated against
  • Chronic disease
  • Being bullied
  • Financial problems
  • Moving
  • Losing a loved one


In many cases, you know when you feel stressed. However, daily triggers can be so frequent that they become part of your normal routine. You may not notice your ongoing stress or realize its potential impact on your health.

How is stress treated?

Stress treatment, also called stress management, relies on a variety of approaches to help you reduce or cope with your stress. Kelly designs personalized care plans to identify emotional issues associated with stress. You also learn to make daily choices that reduce your exposure to stress. 

Kelly treats any co-occurring problems like depression and anxiety along with your stress, using therapies and lifestyle counseling. For example, your care plan may include:

  • Talk therapy
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Dietary changes
  • Healthy sleep habits
  • Relaxation exercises


She may also recommend alternative treatments known to diminish stress, such as yoga or therapeutic massage. Stress management protects your health by letting your brain calm down and restore hormonal balance.

If you need relief from daily stress, call Kelly Thompson, LCSW, or book an appointment online today.

Kelly Thompson, LCSW
✆ Phone (appointments):  915-223-5180 
✆ Phone (general inquiries):  915-223-5180
 Address: 7000 Canterbury Drive, Waco, TX 76712