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What is stress?

Stress is experienced as a result of difficult or challenging circumstances and can be defined as a state of intense emotional strain. Whilst stress can be a fairly normal part of life and something that we can all experience from time-to-time, it is important to recognise when stress levels increase to the point that this becomes debilitating and causes you to experience both emotional and physical exhaustion.

At Priory Wellbeing Centre Dubai, we recognise that seeking appropriate psychiatric or psychological help for your stress is crucial in order to prevent your symptoms from becoming worse. Our highly qualified team can help you to develop techniques for managing your stress, in order to improve your health and wellbeing.

What are the signs and symptoms of stress?

Stress is associated with a number of psychological and physical symptoms.

Psychological symptoms of stress include:

  • Panic attacks
  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness
  • Memory impairment
  • Social isolation
  • Relationship problems
  • Lack of interest in activities that you once enjoyed
  • Struggling to complete daily tasks
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Low productivity at work or school

Physical symptoms of stress include:

  • Nausea
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Chest pains
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Indigestion
  • Unconcerned with appearance/personal hygiene
  • Frequent, lingering colds
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Changes in appetite
  • Unintended weight loss or gain

What are the long-term effects of stress?

If help is not sought for chronic stress, it can result in a number of long-term consequences. These may include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance abuse
  • Self-harm
  • Exacerbation of symptoms in any other mental health conditions
  • Relationship breakdowns
  • Job loss and unemployment
  • Financial problems
  • Decline in physical health

Established stress treatment and counselling in Dubai

At Priory Wellbeing Centre Dubai, our specialist psychiatrists and psychologists recognise that without comprehensive and bespoke treatment, stress can become a persistent issue, have a negative impact on your health, and can be extremely difficult to cope with.

Treatment for stress at our Dubai centre is tailored according to individual requirements in order to engender the best possible outcomes for each and every one of our patients. Treatment includes:

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – a form of psychotherapy that encourages individuals to challenge unhealthy thought processes and develop new and healthier ways of viewing their life

Mindfulness – a form of therapy for stress that equips individuals with the skills to accept and process negative emotions without becoming overwhelmed by them, and to focus on how they feel in the present moment

1:1 stress counselling – therapy that takes place between the patient and the most appropriate psychiatrist or psychologist for their needs. This form of stress management allows for an in-depth exploration of issues and unique symptoms

What causes people to become stressed?

Experiencing significant life events can often result in people becoming stressed. These may include:

  • Trauma
  • Bereavement
  • Moving home
  • The birth of a child
  • Getting married
  • Career changes

Experiencing a pressurised work environment is another very common cause of stress, with ‘executive stress’ now recognised as being a serious psychiatric concern. If effective treatment is not sought for executive stress, it can result in an individual experiencing a breakdown or significant burnout at work, which can have far-reaching consequences for their career and family life.

For further information stress treatment in Dubai call today on: (+971) 4 245 3800 or submit an enquiry form in confidence. We will provide you with details on all our treatments and offer help on how to manage your mental health at a time that suits you.


Dr Rasha Bassim, Specialist Psychiatrist

This page was clinically reviewed by Dr Rasha Bassim (MBBch, MSc, MD Psychiatry, Specialist Psychiatrist) in March 2019, and is scheduled to be reviewed again in March 2021. Dr Bassim has more than 18 years’ psychiatric experience. Her extensive career started in Egypt, where she worked for 10 years, followed by four years in Kuwait; she has been practising in the UAE since 2013. As of 2014, Dr Bassim is also a qualified transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapist. View Dr Bassim's full profile here.