What Is the Effect of Stress?

Reviewed on 5/17/2021

Effect of Stress

Stress is the body's response to a situation.
Stress is the body’s response to a situation.

Stress is the body’s response to a situation. It is typically a change in the environment that requires one’s body to react and adjust. These changes evoke physical, mental and emotional reactions in a person. Short-term stress will have no significant impact on the body. Long-term stress may cause various issues. The diseases that often arise due to long-standing stress are called psychosomatic diseases.

The human body can feel stress and react to it. There are two types of stress:

  • Eustress: It is positive stress. For example, the body might feel eustress when a person gets a job promotion or given greater responsibilities.
  • Distress: It is negative stress that a person faces when exposed to continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between challenges. Distress can cause physical symptoms, such as

The following are the effects of stress on the body:

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References
WebMD. Stress Symptoms. https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/stress-symptoms-effects_of-stress-on-the-body

American Psychological Association. Stress Effects on the Body. November 1, 2018. https://www.apa.org/topics/stress/body

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