An overstressed mind can lead to an overstressed body.
Excessive tension in your jaw muscles can force your jaw joint to move in an
unnatural manner. Over time, you may damage the disc that cushions the TM
joint, or you may wear down some of your teeth, forcing your jaw into an
Learn to recognize when stress is affecting
your life, and find ways to relieve it.
Exercise is an excellent way for your body to
process stress in a healthy way.
Relaxation skills and activities
can make a big difference in how stress affects your body and mind.
Cognitive-behavioral counseling helps you understand and solve
problems in life that may be causing stress. Some people find the
cognitive-behavioral approach especially helpful for changing negative
attitudes and coping skills.
Manage chronic pain
In some cases, TMDs can be
extremely painful and disabling and last a long time. Such
chronic pain can affect a person's overall quality of
life by increasing stress, making it hard to do a job, and
interfering with personal life.
anxiety are common results of chronic pain. In these
cases, it is especially important to seek treatment for TMD pain and
for related depression and anxiety.
If you have symptoms of depression, seek
treatment. Treatment can help you feel better.
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