Stress Health (cont.)

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Stress Prognosis

The prognosis for people suffering from the effects of stress is almost always outstanding. Most people recover completely once the stressor is identified and a plan is devised to remove or control it.

Complications of poorly managed or overwhelming stress can include persistent feelings of anxiety or depression, adopting unhealthy lifestyle habits such as the use of alcohol or other substances to "treat" the problem, worsening of certain medical conditions, and even self-harm or suicide.

The key is to seek help early and be an active partner in your care and recovery. Just worrying about your problems will only make them worse. Call on your friends, family, clergy, and doctor to help you return to a full and productive lifestyle.

For More Information on Stress

The American Institute of Stress
124 Park Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10703
914-963-1200

Web Links

MedlinePlus, Stress

Authors and Editors

Author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, Chief Medical Editor, eMedicineHealth

Editor: Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

Previous contributing authors and editors:

Author: Donald R Rhodes, Jr, MD, United States Navy Flight Surgeon, Department of Community Health, National Naval Medical Center, Andrews Air Force Base.

Coauthor(s): Bryon K McNeil, MD, Medical Director, Bioterrorism and Emergency Preparedness, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Via-Christ Regional Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas; Michelle S Nathan, MD, Program Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine.

Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Thomas Rebbecchi, MD, FAAEM, Program Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

REFERENCE:

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Stress at Work." Jan. 13, 2012. <http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/stress/>.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/5/2012

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