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The kids won't stop screaming, your boss has been hounding you because you turned a report in late, and you owe the IRS thousands of dollars you don't have. You're seriously stressed out. Stress is actually a normal part of life. At times, it serves a useful purpose. Stress can motivate you to get that promotion at work, or run the last mile of a marathon. But if you don't get a handle on your stress and it becomes long-term, it can seriously interfere with your job, family life, and health. Read on to learn why you get stressed out, and how that stress might be affecting your health. Causes of Stress Everyone has different stress triggers. Causes of work stress include: Life stresses can also have a big impact. Sometimes the stress comes from inside, rather than outside. Fear and uncertainty. Your stress level will differ based on your personality and how you respond to situations. Continued Effects of Stress on Your Health Managing your stress can make a real difference to your health.

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High Stress Teens Twice as Likely to Drink or Use Drugs Why do some teens get involved in substance abuse while others do not? What factors or influences increase the risks that adolescents will smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, get drunk and use illegal and prescription drugs, while others go all the way through high school abstinent? To answer these questions, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University conducts a "back-to-school" study otherwise known as "The National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse." Since 1995, this survey has attempted to identify characteristics, situations, and circumstances that increase or decrease the likelihood of teen substance abuse. From the results of several of CASA's 17 published studies, the following risk factors for increased likelihood that teens will smoke, drink or use drugs have emerged.

Stress: Why does it happen and how can we manage it? Stress is a natural feeling of not being able to cope with specific demands and events. However, stress can become a chronic condition if a person does not take steps to manage it. These demands can come from work, relationships, financial pressures, and other situations, but anything that poses a real or perceived challenge or threat to a person’s well-being can cause stress. Stress can be a motivator, and it can even be essential to survival.

Understanding and Managing Stressors Of course, you've heard about stress and may have even experienced a good amount of it already today. But do you know what the difference is between "stress" and "stressors?" Stressors are situations that are experienced as a perceived threat to one’s well-being or position in life, especially if the challenge of dealing with it exceeds a person’s perceived available resources.1 5 Ways to Cope With Emotional Stress Emotional stress can be particularly painful and be challenging to deal with, can take more of a toll that many other forms of stress. Part of the reason is that thinking about a solution, or discussing solutions with a good friend—coping behaviors that are often useful and effective in solving problems—can easily deteriorate into rumination and co-rumination, which are not so useful and effective. In fact, rumination can exacerbate your stress levels, so it helps to have healthy strategies for coping with emotional stress as well as redirecting yourself away from rumination and avoidance coping and more toward emotionally proactive approaches to stress management.​ Causes of Emotional Stress Relationships aren't the only cause of emotional stress, however. Coping With Emotional Stress

Stress symptoms: Effects on your body and behavior Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it. You may think illness is to blame for that irritating headache, your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity at work. But stress may actually be the cause. Common effects of stress 9 Simple Ways to Deal With Stress at Work According to research, the percentage of Americans who are stressed at work is high, and it’s only getting higher. According to the CDC’s National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, studies have found the number of Americans who are “extremely stressed at work” range between 29 percent to 40 percent.1 Unfortunately, work stress has significant health consequences that range from the relatively benign—more colds and flu—to the more serious, like heart disease and metabolic syndrome.2 But, because stress at work is so common, finding a low-stress job may be difficult or impossible for many people. A more realistic choice would be to simply adopt more effective strategies to reduce stress at work. Here are some stress management techniques to try. Start Your Day off Right

Stress May Trigger Mental Illness and Depression In Teens - Depression Center - Your teenage years should be among the best times of your life. But the truth is that severe depression in teens is common. Up to 30 percent of adolescents have at least one episode of it, and 50 to 75 percent of adolescents with anxiety, impulse control, and hyperactivity disorders develop them during the teenage years. The effect on troubled teens is far-reaching. An Overview of Problem-Solving Therapy Problem-solving therapy is a form of therapy that involves providing patients with tools to identify and solve problems that arise from life stressors, both big and small, to improve overall quality of life and reduce the negative impact of psychological and physical illness. History of Problem-Solving Therapy Problem-solving therapy was first developed in Great Britain in the primary care context. It was designed to be an evidence-based treatment that doctors could use in their practices with their patients. Types of Problems Treated The primary use of problem-solving therapy is to address issues related to life stress and finding solutions to concrete issues.

What Are the Effects of Cyberbullying? Bullying—including cyberbullying—causes significant emotional, psychological, and physical distress. Just like any other victim of bullying, cyberbullied kids experience anxiety, fear, depression, and low self-esteem. They also may experience physical symptoms, mental health issues, and struggle academically. Here's a closer look at the emotional, mental, and physical effects of cyberbullying. Emotional Effects of Cyberbullying 5 Emotion-Focused Coping Techniques for Stress Relief Stress management techniques can fall into two categories: problem-focused coping and emotion-focused coping. Basically speaking, problem-focused (or solution-focused) coping strategies aim to eliminate sources of stress or work with the stressors themselves, while emotion-focused coping techniques aid you in becoming less emotionally reactive to the stressors you face, or altering the way you experience these situations so they impact you differently. Many people think mainly of solution-focused coping strategies as the best way to manage stress, as cutting out the things that seem to cause us stress means we don't need to learn how to alter our responses to any stressors—there will be none left in our lives!

Teens and Stress: Practical Coping Skills We all experience stress at some point in our lives. No matter your age, gender, ethnicity, or cultural background, stress can cause you to feel over-emotional or lead to health difficulties. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), stress is the brain's response to any demand. Stress may result from a number of life situations that becoming overwhelming. article continues after advertisement Chronic Stress Leading to Cholesterol Studies are showing that a combination of chronic stress and high cholesterol could lead to heart disease if not quickly addressed. For years, doctors have lectured that cutting stress has a positive impact on overall health. Now, growing research is proving that they are correct.

My method towards writing working this research is to find out and define what stress is as well as it’s effects on our bodies, before funneling it down to the different froms of stress experienced. Simliarily like the first article, it’s mentioned that long term exposure to a stressor or stress can and will have long term negative effects on both the mind and body. When a person experiences stress for a short period of time he or she may display some of these symptomps, headache, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, difficulty concentration, an upset stomach or irritability. Stress is or a stressor will trigger a response in the nervous system, Something known as the flight or fight response is activated. When this response is triggered, it will cause a person’s heart rate and breathing to speed up. This further encourages the body to swea more and tenses up a person’s muscles. In contrast to stress that’s been experienced in a short amount of time. Long term exposure to stress can result in depression, high blood pressure, abnormal hearbeat, hardening of the arteries, heart dises, weight gain, a myriad of skin problems and flare up of asthma, to name a few. From this article we learn that stress does have a serious effect on the body when un managed properly. But what is the fight or flight responseand what causes the body to response in that way and why ? by tere_003 Mar 17