There is a strong relationship between stress, muscle tension, and 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 unnatural position.
Learn to recognize when stress is affecting your life, and find ways to relieve it.
Emotional stress can be the result of:
Cognitive-behavioral therapy can be a helpful part of treatment, because 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.
If you have symptoms of depression, seek treatment. Treatment can help you feel better.
Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Arden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry
Current as ofMarch 12, 2014
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