Stress isn't a medical diagnosis, so there's no specific treatment for it. However, if you're finding it very hard to cope with things going on in your life and are experiencing lots of signs of stress, there are treatments available that could help.  These include:
•talking treatments
•medication
•ecotherapy
•complementary and alternative therapies

To access most treatments, the first step is usually to talk to your GP. You can also self refer yourself to Rochdale and District Mind - see referral form on front page of our website

Talking treatments

Talking with a trained professional can help you learn to deal with stress and become more aware of your own thoughts and feelings. Common types of talking treatments which can help with stress are:
•Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which helps you understand your thought patterns, recognise your trigger points and identify positive actions you can take.
•Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR), which combines mindfulness, meditation and yoga with a particular focus on reducing stress.

Medication

Feelings of stress are a reaction to things happening in your life, not a mental health problem, so there's no specific medication for stress. However, there are various medications available which can help to reduce or manage some of the signs of stress.

For example, your doctor might offer to prescribe:
•sleeping pills or minor tranquillisers if you're having trouble sleeping
•antidepressants if you're experiencing depression or anxiety
•medication to treat any physical symptoms of stress, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or high blood pressure


Before you take any medication

Before you decide to take any medication, you should  make sure you have all the facts you need to feel confident about your decision. For guidance on the basic information you might want to know about any drug before you take it, see our pages on:
•what you should know before taking any psychiatric drug
•receiving the right medication for you
•your right to refuse medication
 

Ecotherapy

Ecotherapy is a way of improving your wellbeing and self-esteem by spending time in nature. This can include physical exercise in green spaces or taking part in a gardening or conservation project.


Complementary and alternative therapies

You may find certain alternative therapies help you manage feelings of stress. These might include:
•acupuncture
•aromatherapy
•massage
•Traditional Chinese Medicine