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What is stress?

Stress is the manifestation of physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension. Tension is mental or emotional strain, suspense, anxiety, or excitement. Anxiety is a reaction to a real or imagined threat, a general feeling of uneasiness or dread.

Stress is not a disease but a phenomenon that is a normal part of everyone’s life. Therefore, stress, by itself, is not necessarily good or bad. Its impact, however, on the human body is very important to understand. Reactions of the human body to stress can vary considerably from person to person. When these reactions reach intolerable levels in an individual, the physical well being of the individual can be significantly affected.

The most frequent intolerable reaction to stress is the increase in the anxiety level, which, in turn, has drastic consequences on other systems in the human body.

Common Causes of Stress

- actual danger
- physical and emotional stress
- Grief (such as from death of a loved one or loss of a job)
- Phobias.
- drugs including caffeine, cold remedies (Cough/Cold Combination- oral, Antihistamines and Decongestants - oral)
- bronchodilators, antidepressants,
- thyroid supplements
- withdrawal from drugs
- poor diet
- Hyperthyroidism.

Common Symptoms of Stress

Stress can be recognized in one or more of the following symptoms:

- Anxiety is often accompanied by twitching or trembling
- muscle tension or fatigue,
- headaches & memory problems
- profuse sweating,
- irritability, & sexual impotence,
- sleeplessness, & nightmares,
- dryness of mouth, with thirst
- difficulty in swallowing or choking sensation
- Sudden urge for stool or urine.
- mental excitement


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