Stress (Anxiety)

Stress is the brain’s response to any demand, and is normally used to refer to demands that disrupt a person’s normal life and routines.

This response can be triggered by a range of circumstances, particularly change (whether positive or negative, mild to extreme, etc.). The body’s response to stress can include digestive issues, headaches, insomnia, and mood swings. Chronic stress can result in illness, heart disease, high blood pressure, and anxiety disorders.  Stress isn’t always bad for us — it can boost our focus, energy, and even our powers of intuition [1][2]. But it’s when the response continues for too long that mental and physical health issues can arise.

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Works Cited

  1. When does stress help or harm? The effects of stress controllability and subjective stress response on stroop performance. Henderson, R.K., Snyder, H.R., Gupta, T., et al. Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado. Frontiers In Psychology, 2012;3:179.
  2. Stress and diabetes mellitus. Surwit, R.S., Schneider, M.S., and Feinglos, M.N. Department of Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina. Diabetes Care, 1992 Oct;15(10):1413-22