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What causes stress?

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Simply stated, stress describes the many demands and pressures that we all experience, to some degree, each day. These demands are physical, mental, emotional, or even chemical in nature. The word "stress" encompasses both the stressful situation, known as the stressor, and the symptoms you experience under stress, your stress response.

From: How to Manage Stress WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:Uchino, BN, et al, 1996; 119(3):488‑531. Nehlsen‑Cannarella, SL, Nieman DC, et al, 1991;23(1):64‑70. Clamlan, HN, 1992; 268(20): 2790‑2801. Epel ES, et al, Sept-Oct 2000;62(5):623-32. American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry website: "Helping Teenagers with Stress." Psychological Bulletin,Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.Journal of the American Medical Association,Psychosomatic Medicine

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 14, 2018

SOURCES:Uchino, BN, et al, 1996; 119(3):488‑531. Nehlsen‑Cannarella, SL, Nieman DC, et al, 1991;23(1):64‑70. Clamlan, HN, 1992; 268(20): 2790‑2801. Epel ES, et al, Sept-Oct 2000;62(5):623-32. American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry website: "Helping Teenagers with Stress." Psychological Bulletin,Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.Journal of the American Medical Association,Psychosomatic Medicine

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 14, 2018

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