Criteria for Participation in Stress Reduction Program

Participants In the Stress Reduction Program fall Into four general categories:

  1. Preventive and life enhancement: These participants are self-referred or referred by others
  2. Psychological/emotional: The severity of the diagnosis ranges from mild to moderate, with common diagnosis being; depression, anxiety, panic disorder, or adjustment disorder.
  3. Medical Diagnosis/Stress Related Diagnosis: This category of participants includes those with mind/body complaints or physical illnesses exacerbated by insufficient coping skills.
  4. Medical Diagnosis/Acute or Chronic: This category of participants are seeking management of symptoms such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Prospective participants are encouraged to discuss their situations with the instructor prior to signing up. In addition, there is an orientation class scheduled before the 8 week program begins.

People come to the stress reduction program for conditions such as:

Physical Conditions:

  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches
  • Heart disease
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Gastrointestinal distress
  • Skin disorders
  • Cancer
  • Immune disorders
  • Chronic pain
  • HIV infection
  • AIDS


Psychological/Emotional Conditions:

  • anxiety and panic
  • depression
  • type A behavior
  • job or family stress
  • boredom and restlessness
  • fear
  • anger
  • loneliness
  • eating disorders
  • loss of memory
  • low self-esteem
  • addictions


The majority of people report lasting decreases in both physical and psychological symptoms. Pain levels also improve and people learn to cope better with pain that may not go away. The majority also report an increased ability to relax, greater energy and enthusiasm for life, improved self-esteem, and an increased ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations.


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