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´╗┐Stress Comes In Many Forms


Anyone who is alive has experienced stress at some point in life. For most people, this is just a fact of daily living. Stress, however, does have several different forms. Sometimes it is a good thing. In other cases, it can cause long-term psychological and even physical damage.

The American Psychological Association recognized three main types of stress that people commonly experience. Considering the implications involved in some forms of this condition - heart problems, depression, fatigue - it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms.


This is a very common form of the condition. It tends to arise rather quickly in relation to past, present or future pressures. This kind of stress can be fantastically exhilarating for people, such as a roller coaster ride that has long been anticipated. It can also present as a reaction to a bad situation, such as an accident. It is a temporary form of tension that tends to go away rather quickly.

If this form of tension is a reaction to something bad, it can present with some physical symptoms. These might include stomach upset, headaches and loss of appetite.

Although the acute brand of tension can hit like a semi-truck, it generally has no long-term impacts. Since it is generally resolved fairly quickly, it is considered a normal reaction to a very exciting experience or a very bad day.

Acute Episodic

This type of stress can be a little more serious. It tends to present in people who live in a state of disorganization. When people are constantly late, constantly worried and have too many things that are going on at once, this type of tension can hit on a frequent basis. This tends to be the case with people who are driven and have Type A personalities. It can also strike chronic worriers.

The symptoms of episodic tension are the same as regular acute tension, but they can have long-term impacts. People who suffer from frequent episodes of acute tension are more subject to heart disease, high blood pressure, tension headaches and more.


This is the kind of stress that most people deal with on a daily basis. It can stem from financial situations, poor relationships, trauma and even lousy working conditions. While its effects are often easy to ignore at first, it can lead to some serious outcomes. This type of stress is associated with heart attacks, outbursts of violence, stroke and even suicide.

Stress can be a normal bodily reaction to a scary or even fun and exhilarating situation. It can also be a long-term killer. Keeping stress under control and limiting it where it can be can help people enjoy life to the fullest and avoid some serious medical conditions down the road.

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