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A 19-year-old female asked:

Does stress kill you?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Not immediately: Stress doesn't usually kill you immediately, but it can lead to medical conditions that shorten your life span: sleep disruption, weight gain, hypertension, heart disease, etc. Also it makes the life you do have, less enjoyable. "stress" is variable for any of us, and our level of resilience may change over time. Practicing meditation, yoga, expressive arts, & other restorative things may help.
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Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
New research: Indicates that stress may only be harmful if you believe it is harmful. It may be our attitude about stress that is most harmful. Check out the full information at http://www.Ted.Com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend.Html.
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Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Stress Harms: Please do not become Victim of Stress which does not directly kill you,however can increase Blood Pressure and affect the heart. TheComplications of these can cause more harm,impair your functioning,take away quality of life, and ultimately may cause death.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

Could the stress actually kill me?

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Dr. Michael Simpson
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Not directly: Stress will not kill you. However, the physiological consequences of stress could. Take a look at this article published on the apa website:http://www.Apa.Org/research/action/immune.Aspx.
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