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There is a strong relationship between stress, muscle
temporomandibular disorders (TMDs).
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.
For tips, see the topic
Stress Management. Also see the topic
Mental Health Problems and Mind-Body Wellness.
Emotional stress can
be the result of:
Cognitive-behavioral therapy can be a helpful part of
TMDs have a
strong connection to stress.
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.
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.
January 11, 2012
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Arden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry
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