My Stress Levels Are Causing Me To Feel Physically Sick

Published: October 09, 2015
Dear My Stress Levels Are Causing Me To Feel Physically Sick,

Hi I have been under going a lot of stress for the past year, probably because of the school work quizzes, tests that even caused my anxiety and panic attacks. After a year, I have finally started to try changing I have tried staying positive, doing more exercises etc and I honestly felt a lot better. However, there are still times where I feel like I am sick and I get headaches, the feeling of wanting to puke and worry of being sick in random situations. I feel like the headaches, feeling of wanting to vomit is not caused by any health issues and this constant worry of being sick has caused stress to myself. Are there any ways to control this problem? is this normal?

Dear My Stress Levels Are Causing Me To Feel Physically Sick,

Some people are better able to manage stress than others. For those who have not learned the skills to effectively deal with stress, or who are dealing with unresolved, underlying issues that are feeding into the stress, it is common that stress can lead to anxiety, panic attacks, and even physical symptoms.

TeenHealthFX thinks that it would be very helpful for you to meet with a reputable mental health professional, such as a clinical social worker or clinical psychologist, who can provide you the support and guidance you need as you work through this issue. It would be helpful for you to come up with skills and strategies to minimize the impact of these stressful situations on you. In addition, anxiety and panic attacks can often be connected to underlying anger – so it would be helpful to take a look at whether there is any anger or other situations you are dealing with that is underlying the stress and anxiety.

Remember that there are people out there who can be helpful to you with this, so please reach out for help and don’t try and deal with this all on your own.

If you live in northern New Jersey and need help finding a therapist you can call the Access Center from Atlantic Behavioral Health at 888-247-1400. Outside of this area you can log onto the US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website for referrals in your area. You can also contact your insurance company to get a list of in-network mental health providers or check with your school social worker or psychologist to get a list of referrals in your area.