Do you have too much stress? Many would agree: when stress seems unmanageable,
it can take a terrible toll on your physical and emotional health, as well as
your relationships. But stress is a normal part of life: it can increase your
motivation, perception, and productivity. . .in small doses, and when managed
Stress itself is not a medical problem, but it can cause specific medical symptoms,
sometimes severe enough to send you to the emergency room. In fact, 43 percent
of adults suffer adverse health effects from stress, and more than 75 percent
of all physician office visits have stress-related components! Stress can bring
on a variety of symptoms such as those that mimic a heart attack, panic attack,
stomach problems, muscular tension, or a severe headache. Symptoms of stress
can also mimic those of depression and anxiety and can worsen other conditions,
such as high blood pressure or migraines. If you already have coronary heart
disease, stress might make you feel chest pain, called angina.
The good news is that reducing your stress levels and properly managing them
can have a positive impact on your health.
Created: 3/29/2004  - Donnica Moore, M.D.