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Chronic Stress can create a variety of problems and affect one’s mental health when left untreated.
What Is Chronic Stress?
Chronic stress is a ongoing condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that the demands of life exceed the personal and social resources the individual is capable of providing.
“Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency.” ~ Natalie Goldberg
Acute Stress is experienced in response to an immediate perceived threat, either physical, emotional or psychological. The threat can be real or imagined; it’s the perception of threat that triggers the response.
During an acute stress response, the autonomic nervous system is activated and the body experiences increased levels of cortisol, adrenalin and other hormones that produce an increased heart rate, quickened breathing rate, and higher blood pressure.
Blood is shunted from the extremities to the big muscles, preparing the body to fight or run away. This is also known as the “fight-or-flight” response.
Stress Management counseling and therapy is available for people suffering from the effects of stress.