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What is positive versus negative stress?

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Stress can be positive or negative, depending on the situation. Positive stressors (called eustress) may include an upcoming wedding, the holidays, or pregnancy. On the other hand, negative stress (called distress) results in the full-blown stress response. If continuous, negative stress can lead to loss of productivity, health problems, and exhaustion.

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

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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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