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What if my stress is making me want to hurt myself?

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If your stress has gotten to the point that you’re thinking of hurting yourself or someone else, go to the nearest emergency room or call 911. You can also call one of the free suicide prevention helplines, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. You don’t need to give your name.

From: What Is Stress? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The American Institute of Health: “What Is Stress?”

KidsHealth.org: “The Story on Stress” and “TeensHealth: Stress.”

Stress Management Society: “What is Stress?”

National Institute on Mental Health: “Fact Sheet on Stress.”

Mayo Clinic: “Stress Management.”

Harvard Medical School: “Understanding the stress response.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 26, 2018

SOURCES:

The American Institute of Health: “What Is Stress?”

KidsHealth.org: “The Story on Stress” and “TeensHealth: Stress.”

Stress Management Society: “What is Stress?”

National Institute on Mental Health: “Fact Sheet on Stress.”

Mayo Clinic: “Stress Management.”

Harvard Medical School: “Understanding the stress response.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 26, 2018

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