Stress isn’t something we can see or touch but the effects of stress impact nearly every aspect of our daily lives. The American Psychological Association reports that 75% of adults describe experiencing moderate to high levels of stress in the past month and nearly half say that their stress has increased in the past year. By any definition, stress is an American epidemic.
According to Cynthia Ackrill, MD and Fellow of The American Institute of Stress:
“Stress is responsible for 70-90% of doctors’ visits—it contributes to and can even mimic all serious diseases. Its effects are particularly harsh on the skin, causing premature aging and advancing the symptoms of every common skin condition from sensitive skin, to eczema and psoriasis, rosacea, and chronic dry skin.”
Cynthia Ackrill, MD is a Fellow and board member of the American Institute of Stress, and is a certified Wellcoach® and Well People coach. Dr. Ackrill works with individuals and teams to address the systematic management of stress, including specific lifestyle and health risk challenges. Dr. Ackrill has been featured on the Katie Show, Huffington Post, eHealthRadio and has extensive training in the science of coaching, motivation, and positive psychology.