chronic stress


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chronic stress

A state of prolonged tension from internal or external stressors, which may cause various physical manifestions—e.g., asthma, back pain, arrhythmias, fatigue, headaches, hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers—and suppress the immune system.

chronic stress

A state of prolonged tension from internal or external stressors, which may cause various physical manifestions–eg, asthma, back pain, arrhythmias, fatigue, headaches, HTN, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, and suppress the immune system. See Fight-or-flight response.
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Gwyther, "perhaps because of the effects of chronic stress, because women don't take care of their own health, or because the caregiving may worsen the family caregiver's previous chronic illnesses.
When the once widely-needed stress response overstays its welcome--as it often does these days, in which our work-related worries, for example, seem never to entirely resolve--unhealthy and often chronic stress results.
Lebowitz explains that the new branch will present opportunities to conduct research on an array of topics, including chronic stress, depression, and brain-hormone interactions as they affect older populations.
It turns out that in normal individuals, chronic stress does the same thing--it bends the balance in that direction.
Comfort food may help reduce chronic stress, say researchers at the University of California, San Francisco.
Contributor Susan Smith said people living under chronic stress are vulnerable to ill health because their immune systems suffer.
However, we found no association between neighborhood problems and smoking, diet, alcohol consumption, or physical activity," he said, suggesting that neighborhood problems are important independent contributors to chronic stress and increased health risk rather than factors driving these individuals to drinking and smoking more.
However, chronic stress and the repeated exposure of the brain to "stress hormones" can lead to changes in the body which do not return to normal when the stress is removed.
Drawing from the work of Danigelis (1983), the present research put forth a theory of chronic stress to further our understanding of the processes related to suicide among 10- to 14-year-olds.
Research done at The Center for Physician Development, a national research and consulting program established by Boston's Beth Israel Hospital in 1992, linked certain organizational characteristics within a staff model HMO with chronic stress and burnout among the clinical staff.
Because depression usually follows on the heels of acute and chronic stress, this reviewer recommends that perhaps depression screening, a simple and inexpensive procedure, should become as routine as a blood pressure check.
Experiments with the restrictions of space travel have caused chronic stress symptoms--disorientation and muscular weakness--in dogs and monkeys.

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