Although everyone responds differently,
major life changes are some of the biggest causes of stress, both positive and
negative. This interactive tool gauges your stress level based on the number of
life changes you have had recently. Your score shows a rough estimate of your
current stress level and the likelihood that you will have health problems due
to stress in the next 12 to 18 months.
Short-term (acute) stress
can keep you awake at night and make you feel irritable and edgy. High stress
levels over a long period of time (chronic stress) can cause serious health
problems such as
high blood pressure. And high stress can weaken your
immune system and make it difficult for your body to
fight disease. Stress is linked to health conditions such as
depression, heart disease, and
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May 17, 2013
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