What is severe stress?

Stress is a normal reaction to the way the body reacts to outside stimuli. Circumstances, events and situations can bring on the stress response which is totally natural and totally normal and it sets the body ready to perform  a fight or fight response.

The body prepares itself to react to the situation at hand. The sympathetic nervous system takes over by producing and releasing adrenaline and other chemicals into the blood stream which causes  heartbeat and respiratory rate increase. Our body becomes prepared to fight or flee.

In survival situations the fight or flight response is useful however when we suffer from extreme or  chronic stress our body suffers because it is continuously preparing for fight or flight even when such a response is not necessary.

Types of stress

Stress is an almost daily occurrence. We can often worry needlessly about a variety of things which may cause various levels of anxiety. We often worry about future events and imagine negative outcomes which can keep us in a stressed stressed state even when the event that has been causing the worry is over.

Stress is part of life and it is how our minds deal with it that either allows it to be managed or allows it to spiral out of control. When stress is left unchecked it can devastate lives and manifest itself in physical symptoms and leave its victim suffering ill health from the effects of severe stress.

Some of the more severe forms of stress related conditions include, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Dissociation Disorder.


Severe stress can often cause a variety of physical symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Migraine headaches,
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Fatigue,
  • High blood pressure
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia and restlessness.
  • Body, limb and muscle pain

Long-term stress can cause conditions such as stomach ulcers and heart disease.

It can also exacerbate conditions such as asthma.

If other health conditions already exist stress the added stress can cause symptoms to worsen.

Severe stress negatively effects the immune system by causing it to become weakened. When the immune system weakens the body becomes susceptible to infections such as colds, flu and pneumonia.

Mental health 

Stress can have a domino effect on our lives. When stress becomes so severe that it causes physical health conditions it also affects our mental and emotional states. When a person is physically and mentally exhausted through stress the individual can become irritable and angry as they struggle to cope. This irritability and anger may affect one’s life in aspects of relationship, family, work and other areas. People often attempt to relieve feelings of stress by overeating, excessive alcohol consumption or smoking, all of which can adversely affect one’s health and aggravate the condition.


Severe stress can often be associated with anxiety and may lead to panic attacks. People that suffer severe stress can  become withdrawn, anti social and experience moments of extreme anxiety or panic. They may start develop coping mechanisms to avoid certain perceived stressful situations. People who suffer from such high levels of stress may experience physical symptoms such as chest pain and/or difficulty breathing.

The solution

It is important to learn to manage everyday stress more effectively in order to prevent unnecessary health problems. Talking 2 Minds Paradigm Therapy™ can help you address the stress at the root cause of the condition and assist you to reduce those stress levels quickly and effectively.

It has been proven that there is a mind body connection so by eating properly, getting plenty of sleep and learning to relax you can begin to change the way you think.

Talking 2 Minds Paradigm Therapy™ can help you rebalance your stress levels and help you piece together a positive future by helping you to become  informed, included and involved.

info@talking2minds.co.uk  to find out more information of what we do

Sharon@talking2minds.co.uk to find out how you can book onto a change programme

You can call 0208 133 0217 or 079171226708 and speak to Bruce, Talking 2 Minds Course Coordinator directly.


Referral and 24 hour support

Talking 2 Minds is not a 24 hour emergency service but would like all those in need to feel supported by signposting clients to other services that can help should anyone find themselves struggling when our phones are not manned.

Talking 2 Minds would like to stress that if you have any concerns for friends, family or for your own wellbeing you should immediately contact the relevant emergency service to ensure a speedy intervention and immediate help for anyone you may be concerned about.

We have listed some relevant services that you may find useful:

External support

For immediate emergency assistance in the United Kingdom call 999 Help in fire, police, and medical emergencies

Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90 in the UK and Northern Ireland

Whether you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines can offer expert advice.

Depression, anxiety, obsession and mental health

  • Rethink
    Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
    Phone: 0300 5000 927
    Website: www.rethink.org
  • Depression Alliance
    Charity for sufferers of depression. Has a network of self-help groups.
    Website: www.depressionalliance.org
  • CALM
    CALM is The Campaign against Living Miserably, for men aged 15-35.
    Website: www.thecalmzone.net
  • MDF: the bipolar organisation
    A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.
    Website: www.mdf.org.uk
  • Samaritans
    Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
    Phone: 08457 90 90 90 (24-hour helpline)
    Website: www.samaritans.org.uk
  • Sane
    Charity offering support and carrying out research into mental illness.
    Phone: 0845 767 8000 (daily, 6pm-11pm)
    SANEmail email: sanemail@org.uk
    Website: www.sane.org.uk
  • Mind
    Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
    Phone: 0300 123 3393
    Website: www.mind.org.uk
  • The Mental Health Foundation
    Provides information and support for everyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
    Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk
  • YoungMinds
    Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
    Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544
    Website: www.youngminds.org.uk
    Young suicide prevention society.
    Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141
    Website: www.papyrus-uk.org

Abuse (child, sexual, domestic violence)

    Children’s charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty.
    Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children
    0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child
    Website: www.nspcc.org.uk
  • Refuge
    Advice on dealing with domestic violence.
    Phone: 0808 2000 247
    Website: www.refuge.org.uk

Addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling)


  • Alzheimer’s Society
    Provides information on dementia, including factsheets and helplines.
    Phone: 0845 300 0336
    Website: www.alzheimers.org.uk


Crime victims

Find your local helpline at:

Eating disorders

Learning disabilities

  • Mencap
    Charity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers.
    Phone: 0300 333 1111
    Website: www.mencap.org.uk



  • Relate
    Phone: 0300 100 1234 (for information on their services)
    Website: www.relate.org