It’s been said that stress is at the root of many diseases, disorders, illnesses, aches and pains. Stress is a mind / body response to real or perceived pressure.
Below is a brief explanation regarding the effects of stress to overall health
(from NIMH, National Institute for Mental Health)
Here are examples of different types of stress, all of which carry physical and mental health risks:
  • Routine stress related to the pressures of work, family and other daily responsibilities.
  • Stress brought about by a sudden negative change, such as losing a job, divorce, or illness.
  • Stress brought about by positive change or even, such as a new job, marriage, or having a child.
  • Traumatic stress, experienced in an event like a major accident, war, assault, or a natural disaster where one may be seriously hurt or in danger of being killed.
The body responds to each type of stress in similar ways. Different people may feel it in different ways. For example, some people experience mainly digestive symptoms, while others may have headaches, sleeplessness, depressed mood, anger and irritability. People under chronic stress are prone to more frequent and severe viral infections, such as the flu or common cold, and vaccines, such as the flu shot, are less effective for them.Of all the types of stress, changes in health from routine stress may be hardest to notice at first. Because the source of stress tends to be more constant than in cases of acute or traumatic stress, the body gets no clear signal to return to normal functioning.
Over time, continued strain on your body from routine stress may lead to serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, anxiety disorder, depression, obsesive-compulsive disorder and other illnesses.
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