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Is stress harmful?

24 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martha Stark
Psychiatry
13 doctors agree

In brief: Yes and no

"too much" stress can be too much for the body to process, integrate, and adapt to -- in which case it can wreak havoc on the body.
But stress that "challenges without overwhelming" can ultimately result in a strengthening of the body by "provoking" its innate capacity to self-heal. For example, "too much" exercise is bad; but "just the right amount" of exercise is good! :).

In brief: Yes and no

"too much" stress can be too much for the body to process, integrate, and adapt to -- in which case it can wreak havoc on the body.
But stress that "challenges without overwhelming" can ultimately result in a strengthening of the body by "provoking" its innate capacity to self-heal. For example, "too much" exercise is bad; but "just the right amount" of exercise is good! :).
Dr. Martha Stark
Dr. Martha Stark
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Dr. Maiysha Clairborne
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Remedies for stress

A certain amount of stress is normal, however unchecked, stress can cause and contribute to disease.
Anxiety, hypertension, lowered immune response are all linked to stress. The best remedy for stress is mindfulness and meditation. Meditation can come in many forms from breathing, to yoga, and even sustained exercise. Whatever you choose, sustained stress management is the best prevention.

In brief: Remedies for stress

A certain amount of stress is normal, however unchecked, stress can cause and contribute to disease.
Anxiety, hypertension, lowered immune response are all linked to stress. The best remedy for stress is mindfulness and meditation. Meditation can come in many forms from breathing, to yoga, and even sustained exercise. Whatever you choose, sustained stress management is the best prevention.
Dr. Maiysha Clairborne
Dr. Maiysha Clairborne
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Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Stress

Chronic stress can be be very harmful.
When we release stress hormones they can interfere with memory and even kill neurons in the memory center of the brain if persistent. Stress interferes with sleep, energy and can cause low mood. Best reliever-regular exercise.

In brief: Stress

Chronic stress can be be very harmful.
When we release stress hormones they can interfere with memory and even kill neurons in the memory center of the brain if persistent. Stress interferes with sleep, energy and can cause low mood. Best reliever-regular exercise.
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
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Dr. Chevies Newman
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Can be

There is a stress to performance optimum that meets in a bell shaped curve.
Too little, it's like the jamaican airport. To much, insomnia, daytime fatigue and the ability to get out of your background noise decreases performance. Insomnia is your biggest clue. Recurrent awakenings can be the beginning of a pathologic process? The adrenal gland can pump out norepinephrine increasing blood pres.

In brief: Can be

There is a stress to performance optimum that meets in a bell shaped curve.
Too little, it's like the jamaican airport. To much, insomnia, daytime fatigue and the ability to get out of your background noise decreases performance. Insomnia is your biggest clue. Recurrent awakenings can be the beginning of a pathologic process? The adrenal gland can pump out norepinephrine increasing blood pres.
Dr. Chevies Newman
Dr. Chevies Newman
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Dr. Mark Stern
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes it can be

In some it can be, it can cause a heart attack or stroke.

In brief: Yes it can be

In some it can be, it can cause a heart attack or stroke.
Dr. Mark Stern
Dr. Mark Stern
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Dr. Matt Vukin
I would respectfully add that stress serves a positive role as well and we need some amount of it in our lives. It can serve as a signal that tells us the urgency of things important to us (deadlines, relationships, obligations).
Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry

In brief: Stress Harms

In brief: Stress Harms

Stress Harms: Anxiety Depression Insomnia Fatigue Hypertension Gastritis GERD Ulcer
Dr. Krishna Kumar
Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Dr. Michael Simpson
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Yes

Take a look at this article published on the apa website:http://www.
Apa.Org/research/action/immune.Aspx.

In brief: Yes

Take a look at this article published on the apa website:http://www.
Apa.Org/research/action/immune.Aspx.
Dr. Michael Simpson
Dr. Michael Simpson
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Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Stewart
Dr. Robert Stewart
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