Stress and anxiety

Stress is a normal part of life. In small quantities, stress is good — it can motivate you and help you be more productive. However, too much stress, or a strong negative response to stress, is harmful. It can set you up for general poor health as well as specific physical or psychological illnesses like infection, heart disease, chronic relationship dysfunction or depression.

Challenging relationships and workplaces can lead to chronic stress, as can major life events, such as death of a parent, loss of (or threat to) livelihood, migration, war, disaster or persecution.  Health issues can underlay major stress as well, such as major illness or surgery, over-active thyroid, low blood sugar, chronic pain, and post-accident rehabilitation challenges.  Persistent and unrelenting stress often leads to chronic anxiety and unhealthy 'coping' behaviours such as overuse of alcohol or drugs.



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