Stress, as most of us use the word, might better be called "distress." It is a state of tension between a person and his or her environment. It is an unpleasant feeling we experience when we are overwhelmed by outside pressures or events. Many authorities consider stress-related problems the most serious current challenge to our health.
Among the more common ailments with a possible stress component are heart disease, headaches, hypertension, insomnia, gastrointestinal problems, anxiety and depression. Stress can also affect job performance as well as relationships. Whether or not stress causes or contributes to these conditions, we know that living with health problems can add considerable stress to any of us.
Things that cause stress are called "stressors." Some common stressors are major life changes, job pressures, "relationship or family problems, and acute or chronic illness. How we perceive an event also plays an important role in causing stress. What is stressful for one person may actually be stimulating to another. Stress is considered to be one of the 10 leading work-related health problems.
By the end of the program, participants will:
Doctors or other health care professionals refer about 50 percent of the participants in these classes, but many participants are self-referred following an initial interview with one of the Department's clinical staff.
The Stress Management sessions are held at Lahey Clinic's Burlington site.
If you have a physician, counselor, or other health care professional at Lahey Clinic, you may wish to ask them for a referral. If you are seeing a clinician in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine, ask them for more information. If you are not currently a Lahey patient, you can call and set up an appointment with one of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine's clinicians for an initial interview and screening for the program. Appointments can be made by calling (781) 744-8013.
The Stress Management Group is led by Lyle Kantor, Ph.D. Dr. Kantor is a health psychologist who has written and lectured widely on the topic of stress and anxiety and has been teaching Stress Management for over twenty years.
Participants' insurance often pays all or part of the fee (with the usual copayment).