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

Many of my clients often do not realize how much the pandemic is affecting them.  I saw this article on NPR and thought I would pass it along.  Here is an excerpt from the article by Aneri Pattani:

Throughout the pandemic, people who never had the coronavirus have been reporting a host of seemingly unrelated symptoms: excruciating headaches, episodes of hair loss, upset stomach for weeks on end, sudden outbreaks of shingles and flare-ups of autoimmune disorders. The disparate symptoms, often in otherwise healthy individuals, have puzzled doctors and patients alike, sometimes resulting in a series of visits to specialists with few answers.

But it turns out there’s a common thread among many of these conditions, one that has been months in the making: chronic stress.

Although people often underestimate the influence of the mind on the body, a growing catalog of research shows that high levels of stress over an extended period of time can drastically alter physical function and affect nearly every organ system.

Now at least eight months into the pandemic, alongside a divisive election cycle and racial unrest, those effects are showing up in a variety of symptoms.

To read the full article by Aneri Pattani, please click the link below.

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