3362 Big Pine Trail, Suite A, Champaign, Illinois 61822



Stress is an inescapable part of everyday life, from the job interview that's about to happen to the little daily chores that never seem to end. When it comes to moderate levels, stress can incentivize us to work harder and achieve our goals.

But when stress becomes persistent and seems to permeate every aspect of a person's life, that's when it starts to cause significant problems that affect relationships, work, and general well-being.

When someone manifests chronic stress symptoms, it becomes necessary to seek the help of mental health professional.

Causes Of Stress

Although what stresses one person can be different from what affects another, there are common stressors that can impact everyone:

  • Being discontent in a job is the most common cause of stress in adults
  • Going through a divorce, which influences both the couple and their children
  • Taking care of a family member who is elderly or sick
  • Struggling financially, such as barely being able to pay the bills or provide for a family
  • Going through a traumatic event, such as rape, natural disasters, violence, or bullying
  • Suffering from emotional problems, such as depression, anger, grief, and low self-esteem

The causes discussed above are all life stressors, and most of the time are out of one's control, but a person can develop stress internally by worrying too much. It can stem from fear, uncertainty, and unrealistic expectations about oneself.

Symptoms Of Stress

Chronic stress can manifest itself in varying ways depending on the person and the causes of it. But there are numerous warning signs that we need to watch out for and seek help with.

Some symptoms of stress include and are not limited to:

  • Problems with sleep
  • Muscle tension in various parts of the body, including the neck, face, or shoulders
  • Gain or loss of weight
  • Frequent headaches
  • Stomach problems
  • General fatigue
  • Difficulty with sexual performance
  • Excessive sweating
  • Dizziness and nausea

Stress can also exhibit itself in the following behaviors:

  • Anger outbursts
  • Substance abuse
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Self-imposed social isolation
  • Relationship problems

Additionally, it's shown that stress can worsen some other conditions and diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and Fibromyalgia.

Seeking Help With Stress

It is not beneficial to neglect seeking help when stress symptoms start displaying themselves. If you experience one or more of the warning signs discussed above, you'll need to seek the counsel of a medical professional or a therapist. These experts are best able to diagnose your condition and the stressors causing them.

A therapist will help you cope with stress by developing a plan that best suits your situation. 


Insight Therapy offers stress therapy and stress counseling. Schedule a free 30-minute consultation.




Kathleen El Koury, LCSW


Todd Harrison, LCSW


Dean Brown, JD, LCSW


Lawisha Carter, MS, LCPC, NCC


Angela Overholt, LCSW


Shannon Schneider, LCPC



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About Insight Therapy

Insight Therapy is a professional mental health private practice located in Champaign - Urbana. Insight Therapy offers individual therapy, couples counseling, family counseling, and professional mediation services to clients of all ages and issues.

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Insight Therapy, LLC
3362 Big Pine Trail
Suite A
Champaign, Illinois 61822

Phone: (217) 383-0151
Fax: (217) 633-4555

Practice Areas

Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Addiction, Couples Counseling, Eating Disorders, Sexual Abuse Survivor, School Anxiety, Women's Issues, Relationship Issues, BiPolar Disorder, Personality Disorders, Family Issues, Couples Counseling, Mediation, and more!