Essay by Anonymous UserHigh School, 10th grade April 1997

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Everyone has stress, and we all have different stressors. Each person has their own way of

coping with stress. some ignore their problems while others face them head on. There are four

types of stressors and we all experience them at some point in our lives.

One of these stressors is hassles. Hassles are a part of everyday life, but if they aren't

coped with, they an cause major problems. One hassle in my life is me being constantly sick all of

the time. Lately, I have had a lot of colds and flus's. Coughing, sneezing, and missing school can

get really old. It is a hassle to blow my nose and take my pills all of the time. My being sick is a

big hassle, but it is not really a high quality of stressor. Hassles can cause quite a bit of stress, but

they are nothing compared to a catastrophe.

Catastrophes are unpredictable events that can change your life permanently. The biggest

catastrophe in my life was when my best friend, Dre, died. It was hard for me because I knew

what was happening to him but there was nothing I could do about it. My parents didn't know

about him so I couldn't turn to them. I couldn't turn to my boyfriend because he wouldn't

understand or care. Dre was the one person I could always turn to, and when I lost him my life

changed forever. The death of a loved one is usually considered a life change, but in my case it

was much more drastic than that.

My life change that has caused me a lot of stress would be my problems with my parents.

As I've gotten older we've been arguing about who I am hand how I am supposed to act.