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Stress Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • How often are you exercising or getting regular physical activity?
  • How well are you sleeping? How is your diet?
  • Everyone deals with some level of stress. How significantly is stress affecting you day to day?
  • Are you using relaxation techniques, such as meditation?
  • Are you finding time to socialize with family and friends?
  • Are you able to manage your time and obligations?
  • Describe your symptoms. Are you having headaches, muscle tension, chest pain, fatigue, stomach problems, or sleep problems?
  • Are you having changes in mood, such as anxiety, depression, irritability, restlessness, or inability to focus?
  • Do you know what is causing your stress, such as a specific event or life circumstances?
  • Do you feel stress symptoms constantly or does your stress come and go?
  • Do you find yourself overeating or using alcohol, tobacco or drugs to cope?
  • What healthy strategies have you used to try to control your stress?
  • What stress management strategies have you tried so far? Have they had any effect?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Are you having any side effects with the medicine that helps you manage stress?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of stress?
  • Could my stress symptoms be caused by another medical condition?
  • Could any of my medications be contributing to my symptoms?
  • How do you know if it is stress or something else?
  • What are the links between stress and medical or mental health problems?
  • How can I identify my stress triggers?
  • How can I learn to control stress?
  • What role do diet, exercise and sleep play in managing stress?
  • Has my stress caused any changes in my physical health?
  • What should I do if I feel overwhelmed with stress? How can I contact you in a crisis?
  • Are there medications that can help me manage the symptoms of stress?
  • Could my new or different symptoms be due to stress?
  • Could my stress be related to an underlying medical condition?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Dec 27
  1. Can Chronic Stress Cause Depression? Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/expert-answers/stress/faq-20058233
  2. Chronic Stress Puts Your Health at Risk. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress/art-20046037 Stress Symptoms: Effects on Your Body and Behavior. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-symptoms/art-20050987
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