An Informative Essay on Stress (essay on stress - it's causes, effects, and ways of prevention)

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Are you nervous, anxious, irritable or moody? Do you feel depressed or sad and often become frustrated over little things? Are you forgetful due to the fact that you have trouble keeping things straight and thinking clearly? If the answer to these entire questions is yes, then you are in a state of tension or pressure, which is stress. Everyone experiences stress at times - adults, teenagers, and even children. In consequence of this, you should all learn more about stress, its causes, its symptoms, its effects on our body or related disorders, and how we can minimize it in your life.

In medicine, stress is a physical, chemical, or emotional development that causes strains that can lead to physical illness. In psychology, the term stress is used to refer both to heightened mental and body states and to the cause of such states. In, general, we can say that stress is your body's response to anything that you perceive as overwhelming, may it be positive or negative.

Stress is a natural part of life, without it, you would lose your energy for living. Too much or too little of it will limit your effectiveness, so it is important to find your optimal level of stress - the balance at which you are most motivated. Excessive stress hinders your relationships at home, in school, and even at work. It also reduces your liveliness and energy resources that could be used for enjoyment. Aside from this, you can also become negatively influenced in your attitudes and feelings about yourself. In addition, medical research estimates that as much as ninety percent of illnesses, disorders, and diseases are stress-related. According to the United States Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, "Eighty-three percent of deaths for adults between the age of twenty-one...