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Articles on Fatigue and Stress

Our modern and competitive way of life is more stressful than that of previous decades.  Today's urban living, with its competition and conflicts, produces anxieties and tensions.  And now, within recent years, drugs have been developed bearing the enticing name of tranquilizers.  They provide a means, under a physician's supervision, of calming a nervous person and tiding him over difficult periods of stress.  In their effect on the brain tranquilizers resemble barbiturates or even alcohol.  They make a person less alert, and herein lies some of the danger.  A person using a tranquilizer should avoid driving a car or operating complicated machinery.


Many of us not consciously suffering from a particular complaint may nonetheless feel consistently below par. Chronic fatigue has been called the blight of the late twentieth century and may be symptomatic of a lifestyle increasingly divorced from natural surroundings. General fatigue is also an indicator of poor immune function, perhaps as a result of long term stress, nutritional deficiencies or poor recovery from a viral infection.


After performing prolonged mental or physical work, a person's capacity for this work is reduced.  In muscle activity, loss of energy results from a reduction in the oxygen available in the muscle plus an accumulation of the chemical waste products of muscle activity.  Both of these are accentuated by a limitation of blood supply to the muscle.  After a muscle has been used for a time, a tissue tension builds up which reduces the amount of blood entering the muscle.  With respect to using one's brain or performing coordinated movement, loss of energy comes from changes in the central nervous system.  After prolonged use, there must be a period of rest in order for the nerve cells to catch up in their use of oxygen for vital processes.


Depression often accompanies fatigue, either as a cause or more likely as an effect of being unable to cope with life's demands.  Loss of energy is common with patients who are troubled by emotional tensions and conflicts.  Even though in such cases the symptom is of a functional nature, the patient is sincere in his feeling of physical handicap.  But it provides a subconscious release from unwelcome circumstances.  In these cases, the loss of energy is just as troublesome in the morning on arising as at the end of the day.  Such persons are able to muster a surprisingly abundant supply of energy for activities in which they find real enjoyment.


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