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Stress

What is it?

Stress is a feeling of tension or strain that can be caused by many different things. Stress is a normal part of life and sometimes can be good for you. For example, the stress of having a deadline at work can encourage you to work hard and succeed. However, too much stress can make you feel bad and increase your chance of getting sick. The amount of stress that is "too much" is different for each person. Learning to control and cope with stress will help you live a happier and healthier life.

Causes:

You may feel stress because of changes in your life. The loss of a loved one or your job can cause you to feel very stressed. You may have stress because of a happy event, such as having a baby or buying a house. Health problems or having chronic (long term) pain can also increase your stress. Becoming overloaded with things you have to do every day can cause stress. What causes one person to feel stressed may not cause stress in someone else.

What are some problems caused by having too much stress? Too much stress can cause many physical (body) or emotional (mood) changes. The problems caused by too much stress are different from person to person. It is important to tell your caregiver about any new physical symptoms you have. Your caregiver may need to check you for other health problems that can be mistaken for stress. Some common effects of stress include:

Wellness Recommendations:

Herbs and Supplements:

Before taking any herbs or supplements, ask your caregiver if it is OK. Talk to your caregiver about how much you should take. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the label. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to. The herbs and supplements listed may or may not help treat your condition.

Herbs:

Supplements:

Complementary Therapies:

Other ways of treating your symptoms:

Other ways to treat your symptoms are available to you.

Talk to your caregiver if:

SEEK CARE IMMEDIATELY IF:

Care Agreement:

You have the right to help plan your care. To help with this plan, you must learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. You can then discuss treatment options with your caregivers. Work with them to decide what care may be used to treat you. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

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Last Updated: 9/15/2016

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