The American Institute of Stress (AIS) was founded in 1978, at the request of Dr. Hans Selye (the founder of the Stress Syndrome) after he recognized the profound affect stress had on every aspect of our life.  AIS  reports that 75 to 90 percent of all hospital visits to primary care physicians are for stress related issues and that 75 percent of the population at large say they have “great stress” one day a week with one of three indicating they feel this way more than twice a week.

• 80 percent of Americans say that during the past few years they have become more aware of how their mental health and emotions can affect their physical health (APA 2005). • Two-thirds of all office visits to family physicians are due to stress-related symptoms (American Academy of Family Physicians).

In addition:
• 43 percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress {The Stress Solution: An Action Plan to Manage the Stress in Your Life, Lyle H. Miller, Ph.D., and Alma Dell Smith, Ph.D.).
• 93 percent of Americans say that perceptions, thoughts, and choices affect physical health (APA 2005).
• 58 percent of Americans believe that one can’t have good physical health without good mental health (APA 2005).
• High levels of hostility have been found to predict heart disease more often than high cholesterol, cigarette smoking, or obesity {Health Psychology, November 2002). • Men high in optimism were less than half as likely to develop heart disease than were the more pessimistic men (Veterans Administration Normative Aging Study). • 64 percent of Americans said they are taking steps to reduce the level of stress in their lives (APA 2005).
• More than 1/3 of Americans say they have had an illness that was primarily caused by stress (APA 2005).
• 86 percent of respondents to a 2005 APA survey on the mind/body connection said that a comprehensive physical exam should include some discussion of their emotional state and well-being.
• Employees receiving mental health counseling lowered the usage of medical insurance by 31 percent (Group Health Association).

Most employees accept stress as a consequence of working.  Job stress is the leading source health problems to the modern worker. Studies show that 40 percent of adults say they are stressed by the effects of the workday, bleeding into their off-the-clock time.   AIS reports “Numerous studies show that job stress related to occupational pressures and fears are by far the major source of stress for American adults and that it has escalated progressively over the past few decades.”

Increased levels of job stress as assessed by the perception of having little control but lots of demands have been demonstrated to be associated with increased rates of heart attack, hypertension and other disorders. Increased levels of job stress have also been identified as the perception of having little control but lots of demands have been demonstrated to be associated with increased rates of heart attack, hypertension and other disorders. 

With the above in mind, AIS has concluded that stress is the number one health problem.   Numerous surveys have also indicated that Americans perceive they are struggling with increasing stress.


Looking at these statistics, it would be considered normal to feel stressed, overwhelmed and even normal to burn out however it is not healthy and is not necessary.

There are numerous emotional and physical disorders that have been linked to stress including depression, anxiety, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, immune system disturbances that increase susceptibility to infections, a host of viral linked disorders ranging from the common cold and herpes to AIDS and certain cancers, as well as autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

In addition stress can have direct effects on the skin (rashes, hives, atopic dermatitis, the gastrointestinal system (GERD, peptic ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis) and can contribute to insomnia and degenerative neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease.

 Almost every disease has a significant link to stress as an aggravating role and stress affects every part of the body (see stress effects on the body stress diagram) According to (AIS) it is difficult for scientists to define stress because it is a highly subjective phenomenon that differs for each of us. Things that are distressful for some individuals can be pleasurable for others. We also respond to stress differently. Some people blush, some eat more while others grow pale or eat less.

 According to AIS, there are numerous physical as well as emotional responses as illustrated by the list of some 50 common signs and symptoms of stress found below.


50 common signs and symptoms of stress

1. Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or pain

2. Gritting, grinding teeth

3. Stuttering or stammering

4. Tremors, trembling of lips, hands

5. Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms

6. Light headedness, faintness, and dizziness

7. Ringing, buzzing or “popping sounds

8. Frequent blushing, sweating

9. Cold or sweaty hands, feet

10. Dry mouth, problems swallowing

11. Frequent colds, infections, herpes sores

12. Rashes, itching, hives, “goose bumps”

13. Unexplained or frequent “allergy” attacks

14. Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea

15. Excess belching, flatulence

16. Constipation, diarrhea, loss of control

17. Difficulty breathing, frequent sighing

18. Sudden attacks of life threatening panic

19. Chest pain, palpitations, rapid pulse

20. Frequent urination

21. Diminished sexual desire or performance

22. Excess anxiety, worry, guilt, and nervousness

23. Increased anger, frustration, hostility

24. Depression, frequent or wild mood swings

25. Increased or decreased appetite

26. Insomnia, nightmares, disturbing dreams

27. Difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts

28. Trouble learning new information

29. Forgetfulness, disorganization, confusion

30. Difficulty in making decisions

31. Feeling overloaded or overwhelmed

32. Frequent crying spells or suicidal thoughts

33. Feelings of loneliness or worthlessness

34. Little interest in appearance, punctuality

35. Nervous habits, fidgeting, feet tapping

36. Increased frustration, irritability, edginess

37. Overreaction to petty annoyances

38. Increased number of minor accidents

39. Obsessive or compulsive behavior

40. Reduced work efficiency or productivity

41. Lies or excuses to cover up poor work

42. Rapid or mumbled speech

43. Excessive defensiveness or suspiciousness

44. Problems in communication, sharing

45. Social withdrawal and isolation

46. Constant tiredness, weakness, fatigue

47. Frequent use of over-the-counter drugs

48. Weight gain or loss without diet

49. Increased smoking, alcohol or drug use

50. Excessive gambling or impulse buying

The Fight, Flight Freeze Response with its Alarm survival mechanism was intended to keep body alive by shutting down unnecessary organ responses and busting power to others to cope with stress.  After the stressful event was over the body returned to normal functioning in maintain all its systems.  The Fight Flight response was never meant to last long and was only intended for emergencies.   Today however many maintain the alarm reaction as a state of being which drains the body, mind of resources and leads to eventual break down.

"The harmful effects of stress are being acknowledged globally as well. 

According lo the European Union, (EU), stress is the second most frequently reported work-related health problem and is also to blame for half of all lost working days. In response, the EU recently launched the "Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress" campaign to raise-awareness about the psychological, physical and social risks related to work stress.

The Third Annual Work Stress Survey found that 83 percent of Americans are stressed at work; a significant jump from last year's reported 73 percent.  While technological advancements are revolutionizing the workplace, they also place higher expectations on workers, according to survey spokesperson John Swarf.

There is also stress in coping with illness and PTSD from solders coming home with combat.  Stress.  Stress can greatly impact every day functioning and effectiveness in home, parenting and work place. Stress doesn’t end at the end of the workday. Americans have plenty of reasons to be anxious and stressed.  In general looking at global, economic, political unrest and in dealing with specific home, paying bills and caring for children and elderly challenges, stress is rooted into every aspect of our lives.  The longer it persists, or the more intense it is i.e. Combat Stress, the greater impact it has on the overall health of the individual, increasing risk of heart disease and depression. It’s important to understand new and better ways of coping with the pressure dealing with day-to-day activities. 

At AIWP, we support you to find healthy state of the art ways to beat increasing stress.

We teach relevant and fast ways to help you cope and use your stress to be more creative and resourceful.  We help you learn skills to be SMART an acronym for STRESS MANAGEMENT AND RELAXATION TRAINING.

At AIWP, we teach people to be SMART about their daily experience of stress to avoid being overwhelmed and burning out or having their body break down. 

 Stress is really another symptom and not necessarily the cause of many of our health challenges.  It’s all in the way think, act and feel and we believe about ourselves that makes the difference. 

Everyone has stress but people respond to it differently.  Hans Selye considered the Father of Stress stated,  “even positive things can be stressful” i.e. moving to a new home, getting married, etc.  He also stated that an important factor in dealing with our stress is admitting we are under stress.  Acknowledging we have stress will in itself help us cope better.   Denial only separates us from taking action and keeps the stress escalating.  At AiWP, we teach you to understand the META Meaning of your stress and know how to effectively and learn fast easy to learn techniques to deal with it.


At AIWP we recommend numerous techniques for stress managment.  We also teach clients Energy Psychology with a number of stress reduction modalities to interrupt the fight flight freeze response and help them in becoming more conscious and intentional.  We help you identify limiting beliefs and habitual emotional behavioral patters that increase rather than decrease stress.  Even the act of slowing your breathing down and taking in more oxigen can reduce your stress.  You can also practice focusing on tense areas of your body and holding the tension and releasing it as you breath out to reduce your stress. 

Physical Health and Psychotherapy

• Consumers report that going to counseling with talk therapy was reportedly more effective than drug therapy for depression and anxiety (Consumer Reports, October 2004).
• 78 percent of Americans said they would go to a psychologist if he/she could help manage stress (APA 2005).
• 54 percent of Americans said they would see a psychologist to prevent the day-to-day stress that can build up from becoming a problem (APA 2005).
• 68 percent of Americans said they would visit a psychologist to deal with physical symptoms that are emotional in nature (APA 2005).

Source: The American Psychological Association (APA), (n.d). Mind/body health: Did you know? Retrieved March 26, 2006 from the APA Help Center:

Dr Timothy Ryan, Ph.D. D.Div. will work with you by phone or in person to give you a step by step method to create a life style that minimizes stress.  One of the best and easiest techniques to reduce stress and anxiety is Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). It’s really helpful for busy people who don’t have time to spend years in talk therapy and want to learn a gentle, fast technique to take the “angst” out of their anxiety and completely reduce their stress.

The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a revolutionary new method having a powerful impact for rapidly and gently releasing and resolving emotional distress and trauma simply by tapping on acupoints. In one to three sessions it can help you clear anxiety, limiting beliefs and dissolve stress from guilt, shame and pain.

EFT  can be a tool you can use right away and have for the rest of your life to help you resolve a number of emotional problems, traumas, addictions and many physical symptoms. EFT has become a major trend widely popularize on Oprah, Dr. Oz,, and the internet. Thousand of people have found it helpful and are using it to resolve anything and everything and demonstrated on U-Tube.

EFT is sometimes described as "acupuncture with out needles." This is because Meridian Tapping Techniques use specific points on your body that are known as "acupressure" points; they are the same points used in acupuncture. George Goodheart, a chiropractor, originally found he could substitute simple manual pressure for needles. He saw the same beneficial results by simply applying manual pressure, instead of needles, to the acupuncture points

EFT is simple and can be easily and effectively used to stay ahead of the challenges of day-to-day interactions.  EFT is fast and effective for reducing all kinds of stress and helps you stay resourceful and creative while maintaining resilience.

You can learn to use it right away and, with practice, can be a valuable therapeutic tool to use for all types of stresses, healing past trauma and even be used to increase your future success.

EFT has also been shown to reduce stress and anxiety faster than “talk therapy” and it’s effect last longer.

EFT is also one of the best ways, I know of, to help you take your power back and take care of your alarm response to reduce and even eliminate your stress before it becomes a physical, mental, emotional problem.

I recommend anyone who wants to stay healthy and maintain optimum efficiency in his or her life to learn EFT and other energy healing body based techniques.

In just a few short sessions, you will have a technique you can use anytime anywhere to reduce your stress and even heal past trauma.

Dr. Timothy Ryan is in private practice and teaches clients a number of stress reduction techniques including EFT. His mission is to teach and support clients on how to remove blocks and maintain a healthy and vibrant mind, body and spirit. He is a Board Certified as a Relationship Expert, Professional Counselor, NLP Trainer, Hypnosis Instructor, and Certified EFT Master and EFT Master Trainer and Practitioner.

He has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Divinity. He holds Diplomate Status and Board Certifications with Numerous Organizations such as: The American Alternative Medical Association, The American Association For Integrative Medicine, College of Energy Medicine, The American Psychotherapy Association and The Pastoral Medical Association.

He practices as an Intuitive Relationship Counselor and Mind Body Healing and Wellness Expert. He is also Board Certified as a Board Certified Mind, Body, Spirit Integration and Healing Expert and META Health Practitioner with The International META Medicine Association.