The Many “D’s” of Stress: Disorders, Diseases and Drugs

What would you do if you experienced two or more top stresses simultaneously? Just how prevalent is stress? How much does stress really affect us? In this article, we will dig deeper into the many “D’s” of stress and I’ll share with you a glimpse of how I handled multiple top life stresses simultaneously. Stress is a big deal. Did you know that:

  • 67 Million Americans have some form of major heart disease.
  • 1 Million Americans die from a heart attack every year.
  • 69 Million Americans have high blood pressure.
  • 18 Million Americans are alcoholics.

Each year…

  • 6 billion doses of tranquilizers are prescribed.
  • 4 billion doses of tranquilizers are prescribed.
  • 4 billion doses of anti-depressants are prescribed.
  • 5 billion doses of painkillers are prescribed.
  • 4 million people are abusing prescription drugs.

If this doesn’t get your attention, how about these numbers:

$650 BILLION is lost annually due to stress-related conditions such as chronic pain, absenteeism, alcoholism and drug abuse.

Sources: US Dept of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control, and National Center for Health Statistics

Here are the TOP life stresses:

  1. Loss of a loved one
  2. Major illness or injury
  3. Divorce or separation
  4. Serious financial difficulties
  5. Loss of job/New job
  6. Getting married
  7. Moving to a new place/Major remodeling
  8. Serious falling out with a close friend
  9. Birth of a child
  10. Retirement

It’s the THOUGHT that counts. That’s right, how we think about any situation dictates the outcome and, ultimately, whether we become a part of the statistics listed above!  Your beliefs, thoughts, perceptions and interpretations impact the stress you feel. We have the power within each of us to overcome anything.

Several years ago, I experienced eight (8) of the above top stresses and this all happened within a two month period! In a separate post on stress, I shared specific stress management tips I have integrated into my life. If there was ever a time to deploy these strategies, now was the time:-) There is something deeper though that allowed me to get through this extremely difficult time. This included:

  1. I truly believed everything happens for a reason and while we may not like it, understand it, or agree with it, I trusted that ‘it’ was happening for good reason. I trusted all would be OK.
  2. My many years of actively practicing positive self talk, affirmations, visualization exercises (more on this in another post) and having an overall positive attitude was a tremendous help.
  3. I was really clear about what was important to me. Making decisions in alignment with my values and beliefs made things easier.
  4. Rallying my support system and staying focused on the jobs at hand.
  5. I knew, felt and believed the power of the mind was more powerful than any external ‘thing’ going on. I kept this in the forefront of my mind.

Call to Action: If you were suddenly presented with 5 or more top life stresses at the same time, what would you do? How would you avoid being a statistic above? What will you do today to position yourself to be prepared should the unthinkable happen?

Blessings for Effective Stress Management,


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Tandy Elisala

Family Caregiver Coach, Cancer Empowerment Advocate and Chief Inspiration Officer at Center for Inspiring Greatness | Empowered Family Caregiver
Tandy Elisala is passionate about helping family caregivers go from being overwhelmed and stressed to empowered and calm. Tandy went through cancer four times and learned how to heal using conventional, complementary, and alternative therapy. Tandy left her corporate career to take care of both parents simultaneously while raising three kids as a single mom. She took care of both parents for 2 1/2 years until their respective deaths. Tandy now teaches what she learned on her journey. Tandy is a family caregiver coach, a multiple best-selling author, inspirational speaker and mom to three adult kids, one angel dog and one diva cat.

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