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Are There Any Physiological Effects of Stress?

Stress is a natural byproduct of today's rushed lifestyles. Unfortunately, stress that is unchecked over the long haul can permanently damage the body in a variety of ways. In some cases, the physiological effects of stress persist long after the stressful event is over. In these situations, it may require medical intervention to treat the physiological effects of stress, from medication to counseling. If you are feeling the effects of stress, read on to see what that tension and anxiety might be doing to your body and what you can do to manage it.

The physiological effects of stress are immediate, short term and long term. At the initial outset, stress might result in heart palpitations, quickened breathing and a heightened state of awareness. This is known as the "flight or fight" response, and it is a naturally programmed reaction in our bodies to emergency situations. However, "flight or fight" responses are designed to be temporary and the body should be allowed to return to a state of calm after the stressful event. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

When the stress is more than momentary, the effects change somewhat. Symptoms of short term stress might include headaches, difficulty concentrating and digestive upset. Many in stressful situations will encounter difficulty sleeping and may experience some symptoms of anxiety or depression. In many cases, relief from the stress will also bring reprieve from the effects. However, if there is no relief, the symptoms might evolve into long term conditions that will be more challenging to treat.

When the stress doesn't go away easily, the physical effects of stress might be harder to manage as well. The long term health effects of stress can include a compromised immune system that makes a person more vulnerable to a host of illnesses. It might also result in increased blood pressure, which creates a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attack. Digestive troubles may also become chronic, in the form of irritable bowel syndrome or other digestive disorders. Anxiety and depression may progress to mental disorders that will require professional treatment to overcome.

If you are feeling stressed out, managing your tension and anxiety is the first step in keeping stress under control. Talking to someone about your troubles and finding effective methods of relaxation can go a long way in managing stress and keeping stress symptoms to a minimum.

Caroline Bourke is a full time therapist in Florida. Check out these great Causes Of Stress [] resources and articles or the more specific Social Anxiety Disorder [] tips.

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Are You A
Ticking Time Bomb?


Stress the Silent Killer
By Ryan Sawyer

It begins like any other day.  After hours of tossing and turning, you have finally fallen into a fitful sleep when you are jarred awake by the blaring of your alarm clock.

Already feeling depleted before the day begins, you drag yourself out of bed, stagger to the shower and try to shake off the nagging anticipation of another daily grind.

You fly through the kitchen with a hasty good morning, grab your cup of coffee and bark at your 3 year old who is reaching for your arms with oatmeal covered fingers.  She cries, your wife snaps and out the door you run to join the safari just as the sun is rising.

Off you go to take your place in the line with other hunters on the daily trek to capture the prize and bag the "big one."  You negotiate the hunting party by switching lanes and exercising your cunning to creep a few car lengths ahead, all the while ignoring the blaring horns and interesting gestures of the other hunters.

Finally, you drag yourself into your office amid the ringing telephones, beeping fax machines and raucous voices all clamoring for your attention, and jockeying for position to have their request granted first.

Exhausted, you fall into the chair behind your desk when suddenly, panic strikes.  You can't breath.  Your chest feels as if someone has placed a leaden weight atop it, even though you are sitting up.  As you gasp for air, your head feels as if it is going to explode and your heart is pounding.  Before you know it everything surrounding you becomes dimmer and dimmer until. . . . . . . .?

If you can relate to all or any portion of the story above, you are a ticking time bomb just waiting to ignite.

Yes STRESS is the Silent Killer.  Is it the sole source for heart attack?  No, in fact the jury is still out as to the statistics on just how much of a risk factor for heart disease stress can be.  This comes from the American Heart Association.  It IS one of the risk factors, however. 

Interestingly, the medical community does know that stress contributes to buildup up plaque in the arteries.  Combine that one bit of knowledge with any of the other risk factors for heart disease and you can count yourself among one of those "ticking time bombs."

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