Chronic stress of this kind inflicts long-term effects on the body and the psyche. "Any woman who exhibits HWS should see her doctor for a thorough check-up, but she also needs to examine her lifestyle," says Dr. Avdesh Sharma, Director of the Parivartan Center For Mental Health, Hauz Khas, New Delhi.
Dr. Sharma says that women are so adept at multi-tasking that they keep doing it without even realizing the damage it is causing them. "Stop being a superwoman," he tells his patients. "Stop being in high gear, 24/7. Accept your limitations," Dr Sharma often advises his patients. “Besides,” he says, “women need to learn to say no. Tell your husbands that they need to help out with the dishes; don't do anything during your coffee break; exercise a bit and get off that drastic diet," he tells his patients.
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