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Stress doesn't really age you, does it? If so, then I am screwed because I am 17 and have a lot of issues and chronic stress and no matter what i do, what medications i'm on, I am always a stress head.Please tell me that aging is just genetic and stress d

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
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In brief: Eustress?

The french say that the best grapes do not grow from the best soil.
If you are in a difficult situation and succeed in emancipating yourself from it and avoiding similar future difficulties, you life will be far better than most people's. If you force yourself to develop skills that make you valuable and independent to escape, and stay smart at work & in relationships, you'll be happy long-term.

In brief: Eustress?

The french say that the best grapes do not grow from the best soil.
If you are in a difficult situation and succeed in emancipating yourself from it and avoiding similar future difficulties, you life will be far better than most people's. If you force yourself to develop skills that make you valuable and independent to escape, and stay smart at work & in relationships, you'll be happy long-term.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
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In brief: It could

Depending on what you do about your "stress, " stress could "age" you.
Many people drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, or use drugs heavily to "relax, " but this stresses the body further and results in early aging. Also what stresses you -- and your response to it -- is very individual. You might benefit from working with a therapist on these issues. Meds are certainly not the only answer.

In brief: It could

Depending on what you do about your "stress, " stress could "age" you.
Many people drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, or use drugs heavily to "relax, " but this stresses the body further and results in early aging. Also what stresses you -- and your response to it -- is very individual. You might benefit from working with a therapist on these issues. Meds are certainly not the only answer.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Hi

Hi there. First off, let’s look at why are bodies are designed to become stressed and how it can be beneficial.
Stress keeps us alert and prepares us to react. If a cave man saw a wholly mammoth and he just stood there, the cave man would probably get flattened. Stress is what allowed the cave man to respond quickly. He could either run away from the animal or he decide to fight it. (i know that you aren't a caveman). It is normal to have a stress reaction. Here is the problem, if you feel stressed all the time and never relax, than you could become tense and eventually burned out. When a person feels constantly stressed , he or she might develop problems over time like headaches, problems with sleep, irregular bowel movements or stomachaches, high blood pressure or anxiety. Being overly stressed without doing something about it can cause some early signs of aging. Here’s some advice. First off, stop calling yourself a “stress head”. Second, you are not “screwed.” you are only seventeen years old, so you have the opportunity to address your stress levels early on. If you use any drugs or alcohol — don’t. In the long run it will make things worse. Ensure that you are getting at least 8 hours of sleep per day; you may even need more than that. Eat healthy foods at least three times a day. Exercise. Exercise is not only a great stress reliever, it can also cause the release of natural endorphins from your brain which will make you feel much better. Learn that there are some stressful situations that it is just best to walk away from (this does not mean that you need to avoid all situations that you find stressful). If you aren’t in counseling — talk to your parents about seeing a counselor, or if need be, many schools have counselors. Some things that would valuable to learn in counseling include: deep breathing exercises, progressive relaxation and how to be assertive. Counseling is a great way to get support. Keep a positive attitude.

In brief: Hi

Hi there. First off, let’s look at why are bodies are designed to become stressed and how it can be beneficial.
Stress keeps us alert and prepares us to react. If a cave man saw a wholly mammoth and he just stood there, the cave man would probably get flattened. Stress is what allowed the cave man to respond quickly. He could either run away from the animal or he decide to fight it. (i know that you aren't a caveman). It is normal to have a stress reaction. Here is the problem, if you feel stressed all the time and never relax, than you could become tense and eventually burned out. When a person feels constantly stressed , he or she might develop problems over time like headaches, problems with sleep, irregular bowel movements or stomachaches, high blood pressure or anxiety. Being overly stressed without doing something about it can cause some early signs of aging. Here’s some advice. First off, stop calling yourself a “stress head”. Second, you are not “screwed.” you are only seventeen years old, so you have the opportunity to address your stress levels early on. If you use any drugs or alcohol — don’t. In the long run it will make things worse. Ensure that you are getting at least 8 hours of sleep per day; you may even need more than that. Eat healthy foods at least three times a day. Exercise. Exercise is not only a great stress reliever, it can also cause the release of natural endorphins from your brain which will make you feel much better. Learn that there are some stressful situations that it is just best to walk away from (this does not mean that you need to avoid all situations that you find stressful). If you aren’t in counseling — talk to your parents about seeing a counselor, or if need be, many schools have counselors. Some things that would valuable to learn in counseling include: deep breathing exercises, progressive relaxation and how to be assertive. Counseling is a great way to get support. Keep a positive attitude.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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