Psychotherapy and Work Related Stress

Psychotherapy for Work Related Stress and Common Mental Health Problems

One person in four in the UK will have a mental health problem at some point in their life. While mental health problems are common, most are mild. Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health problems (CMHPs) and often these are a reaction to a difficult life event, for example moving house, bereavement, or problems at work. Work related stress and mental health often go together. The symptoms of stress and common mental health problems are similar, for example, loss of appetite, fatigue and tearfulness can be symptoms of both.

However, work related stress may trigger or worsen an existing mental health problem that the person may otherwise have successfully managed without letting it affect their work. If work related stress reaches this point it becomes hard to separate one from the other. In practice, it can be hard to distinguish when ‘stress’ turns into a ‘mental health problem’ and when existing mental health problems become exaggerated by stress at work. Many of the symptoms of CMHPs are similar to those that people experience when they are under considerable pressure; the key differences are in the severity and duration of the symptoms and the impact they have on someone’s everyday life.

Stress at work is a reaction to events or experiences at work. Common mental health problems can arise through causes outside work, e.g. bereavement, divorce, postnatal depression or a family history.

Common mental health problems and stress can exist independently. For example, people can have work related stress and physical changes such as high blood pressure, without experiencing anxiety and depression. They can also have anxiety and depression without experiencing stress.

The key difference between the two is their cause and the way they are treated.

At The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice we offer short term stress management to look at the immediate issues that are causing you stress and anxiety. We also offer long term and in depth therapy and counselling in order to explore more deep set issues that may be preventing you from having a fulfilling life.