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Stress is a normal reaction to life events. Stress is what you feel when life demands more than you are used to, or more than you think you can handle.
Some stress can be useful, such as studying for a test or meeting a deadline at work. Stress that occurs too often or for too long can cause problems. Long-lasting stress is called chronic stress. Chronic stress can affect your emotional health and interfere with relationships and normal daily activities.
Too much stress can weaken your body's defense system (immune system) and increase your risk for physical illness. If you already have a medical problem, stress can make it worse.
Stress can cause emotional and physical symptoms and can lead to unhealthy behaviors. These include the following:
Depending on your condition, your health care provider may refer you to a specialist for further evaluation.
Stress management techniques are the recommended treatment for stress. Medicine is not typically recommended for treating stress.
Counseling or talk therapy with a mental health provider may help if you are having trouble managing stress by yourself.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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