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Stress

Stress is the brain and body’s response to a challenge or a call-to-action. Many therapists believe that stress occurs when the challenge or call-to-action placed upon a person exceeds the resources the person has available to satisfy the demand. Under this model, people can transform a stressor into something that is manageable if they can convince themselves that they can handle the situation. Failure to control stress can result in physical and emotional changes, such as loss of sleep, decrease in exercise, high blood pressure, stroke, stomach ulcers, hair loss, anxiety or substance abuse, which can then impact other areas of life, such as job or family. At least 75 percent of American adults report experiencing some sort of emotional stress at least a few times a month. The major contributors to stress include financial difficulties, job pressures and conflicts at home.

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