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Dr. Aditi Nerurkar, who developed a stress management practice at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, heads off to practice yoga.
Dr. Aditi Nerurkar, who developed a stress management practice at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, heads off to practice yoga.Lane Turner/Globe Staff

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When Vlad Lucien developed high blood pressure earlier this year, the 33-year-old’s doctor referred him to a “stress management” physician. Harlow Robinson decided to seek the same doctor’s help a few months ago and now uses breathing techniques to help him handle administrative pressures that come from chairing the history department at Northeastern University.

Last June, Dr. Aditi Nerurkar began her innovative stress management practice at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center after determining that only a fraction of primary care physicians in Boston and elsewhere were providing stress counseling to their patients even though 60 to 80 percent of medical complaints being evaluated by these doctors were exacerbated or triggered by stress.

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