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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. It 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.
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 the treatment of stress.
Counseling or talk therapy with a mental health professional may be helpful if you are having trouble managing stress on your own.
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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