Chronic stress has been linked to high blood pressure

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Unformatted text preview: person may experience any of the following: Headaches, muscle aches Grinding teeth Nervous tick, finger tapping, toe tapping Increased sweating Increased or decreased appetite Insomnia, nightmares Fatigue Dry mouth Stuttering High blood pressure, tightness or pain in chest Impotence Hives Dizziness Depression Irritation, anger, hostility Fear, panic, anxiety Stomach pain, flutters, nausea Cold, clammy hands Poor concentration Pacing, restlessness Rapid heart rate Low-grade infection Loss of sex drive Rash or acne Stress and Disease Stress can affect both emotional and physical health. Chronic stress has been linked to high blood pressure, hear disease, hormonal imbalances, reduced resistance to disease and emotional disorders. Humans respond to stress by experiencing general adaptation syndrome. This syndrome has three phases: the alarm phase, the resistance stage, and the exhaustion stage. Assessment of Stress Acute stress refers to a sudden or unexpected event, such as the loss of a loved one. Chronic stress refers to stress experienced over time, such as that related to a job. Stress can be positive or negative. Positive stress is called eustress, and occurs when you are anticipating a happy event, such as a wedding. This type of stress results in improved performance. Negative stress usually causes a decrease in performance. Individuals bring stress upon themselves, and their personality types are indicative of this behavior. Type A behavior characterizes an aggressive, ambition, overly competitive individual. These people often set their own goals are self-motivated, t...
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