What Is Stress?
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A Definition to the Question,
What is Stress?

What is stress?

From a medical perspective, stress is defined as strain felt by a person. It can be caused by emotional, chemical, electro-magnetic or physical pressures placed on the body. It may cause such disease symptoms as raised blood pressure or anxiety and depression and eventually lead to serious chronic degenerative disease, such as Cancer, Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, Arthritis, Asthma or Osteoporosis.

People name stress in many different ways. They use terms, such as strain, anxiety, worry, tension, trauma, hassle and pressure; however, there are many variations on these themes. If you want an answer to the question, "What Is Stress?" just check out the following concepts, ideas and opinions supporting stress theory.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
This informative video describes PTSD and discusses the effectiveness of treatment. It also reviews the challenges of living with PTSD, of which there are many. It is quite amazing to consider how many people suffer from treatable PTSD, but they have no idea they have this debilitating condition.

Stress Video: National Geographic - The Science of Stress
This stress video from National Geographic will share with you a scientific overview of the body's stress response system involving the stress hormones known as Adrenaline and Cortisol. Left unchecked, these two hormones can wreak havoc in the body.

4 Quadrant Stress Grid
This four quadrant stress grid describes the four main types of stress - chronic eustress, acute eustress, acute distress and chronic distress, which blend well with the four main fields of stress. If you come to understand both of these models, you will have a very clear grip on stress and what you need to do to manage it in your life.

General Adaptation Syndrome
This idea was developed by Dr. Hans Selye, one of the fathers of modern stress theory. It describes the 3 stages of the stress response.

Stress Response System
A narrative, somewhat comical description of the stress response system in our bodies dating all the way back to the days of the cavemen.

Stress Versus Stressors
A glib overview of the difference between the physiological stress response in our bodies and the items that cause us to feel the stress response. The majority of us mess this up. This is a major factor in understand what is stress.

General Ideas on Stress
Here are some ramblings about stress from the author of this site, who tends to come at most things in life from an empowerment standpoint.


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