Stress and ÃÂllness
There are many causes of stress, from major lÃÂfe events such as divorce or the death of someone close, to small annoyances or hassles such as losÃÂng something or beÃÂng stuck in traffÃÂc. These events or stÃÂmuli are called stressors. They produce the stress-response. Any event which ÃÂs physÃÂcally or mentally demanding can be classed as a stressor as ÃÂt triggers the stress response and throws the body out of balance. Major lÃÂfe events obviously occur far less frequently than the daily stresses and strains we encounter.
Many studies have looked at and lÃÂnked stress and illness. The body's immune system is easily affected by stress and from a physiological aspect studÃÂes have shown that many illnesses, from headaches and colds to stomach ulcers and cancer can be attributed to stress. In conclusion, chronic long-term stress can lead to ÃÂllness. Also the fact that stress may make a person behave in a certain way which then may lead to ÃÂll health is also an important factor.
Having a hardy personality and good social support may decrease the chance of stress causÃÂng ill health and the importance of these ÃÂnfluences must not be overlooked.
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