Can stress really cause illness? This is what is explored in this comprehensive article on the subject. It seems that stress can really play havoc on one’s immune system, leading to many different types of physiological problems.
By: Theresa Bebbington
11th April 2012 – Stress has already been linked to a greater risk of depression, infectious diseases and even heart disease. A recent study has looked at how stress could be causing these health problems.
What is stress?
According to the International Stress Management Association UK, stress is “the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them.”
When those pressures become overwhelming, they lead to stress. A little stress can be a good thing – it is part of the fight or flight mechanism that allows us to cope with a challenge. However, being in a continual state of stress means that body chemicals used to stimulate the fight or flight response are constantly active, and this can have adverse effects on our mental and physical health.
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