Can stress kill you?

How harmful is stress to our health? Does it have the potential to kill?

stress kills

Some of us thrive on having the adrenaline pumping, but just how harmful is stress to our health? The answer, in short, is very harmful.

Stress is the pressure that we feel in response to strenuous external factors, such as pressure at work, in relationships or financial matters. Too much stress is usually associated with a feeling of being overwhelmed and unable to cope. This can place a significant amount of strain on the body, causing cortisol levels to rise and inflammation around the body to occur.

During times of high stress, the body’s fight-or-flight-response is activated, triggering the sympathetic nervous system to raise both the heart rate and blood pressure. Because the body has to work harder to handle the challenge (real or perceived), it can become fatigued and more susceptible to illness and infection. Prolonged exposure to stress has been linked to numerous serious health conditions, ranging from cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure to diabetes and chronic fatigue syndrome.

    website, ensuring that you exercise regularly, eat well, have a regular sleep routine, lead a balanced life with time for both relaxation and enjoyment, and avoid conflict as much as possible, are the best ways to reduce stress in your life.

    If you are concerned about your level of stress you may wish to speak to your GP about your options for management and treatment.


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    10th Aug 2017
    This article is stressing me out
    Have to have a Valium and a lie down
    10th Aug 2017
    Absolutely it can kill. Its interesting you have an article on loneliness being a bigger killer than xyz. However stress in the old days was worrying about being eaten by a lion today's stress is caused by people, noise, and being made feel bad about not being able to meet impossible deadlines or being stuck in traffic which means you will miss an appointment or risk being frowned upon by the employer.
    Stress overload will fry the brain, the muscles, the heart, the nervous system and impact on the immune system.
    So when one article on YLC says loneliness kills I can promise you stress kills faster.
    There is one little tip I have found from growing wise and old - don't catch someone else's stress.
    Step back, evaluate and determine how much of the person's behaviour in your vicinity is warranted and how much needs to be acted upon. Because as sure as you become alarmed then all of a sudden there are two stressed people and not just one.
    Polly Esther
    10th Aug 2017
    I agree Rosret, very wise words from you, take heed people!!
    could be worse
    10th Aug 2017
    Stress not only kills you and quickly if you can't control it, it also causes dementia. The best way to avoid stress, is to avoid the situation that makes you stressed. If its your job, change jobs. If its a relative friend or person you know, avoid them or write a letter to them telling them how you feel and why, and what its doing to you, be logical not angry. If its your children you may need to get help. love to all.
    21st Dec 2018
    Good advice. There are situations where you cannot avoid stress. Just lots my wallet either stolen or lost in a taxi in Adelaide. Contained medical information. Contacted independent taxis. No luck People just need to learn how to deal with this type of stress.
    10th Aug 2017
    I have suffered from complex PTSD, anxiety and depression since i was 3 years old. Follow that with a 30 year DV marriage and thyroid and adrenal fatigue. I had 2 extremely stressful jobs over the following 15 years and I ended up having a stress heart attack. My ECG was normal and blood pressure not too bad. It was only when they did the blood test that they found out I'd had the heart attack from my body running on cortisol and adrenalin for most of my life. That was on the Friday, I had to wait till Monday for the angiogram and the radiologist was astonished at how my badly my heart was still spasming after 3 days. Stress is a major killer, people are lucky if they don't have strokes from it....

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