Acute and chronic stress

Everyone experiences stress in daily life. Traffic, work deadlines, illness, relationship problems – life is full of stressors.

Acute stress is the most common form of stress. It arises from the demands and pressures of the recent past and the anticipated demands and pressures of the near future. Acute stress is exciting and fascinating in small doses, but when it is too much it is exhausting.

Fortunately, most people recognize the symptoms of acute stress. It’s a list of what has gone wrong in their lives: the car accident that dented the bumper, the loss of an important contract, a deadline they must meet, your child’s occasional problems at school, and more.

Since it is short-term, acute stress does not have enough time to cause the relevant damage associated with long-term stress. The most common symptoms are:


Unlike other everyday stressors that can be countered by adopting healthy behaviors, chronic stress, if left untreated, can have adverse health consequences, including anxiety, insomnia, muscle pain, high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system.
Recurring, invasive memories or nightmares of the event.
Dissociated states in which the child feels that the event is repeating itself.
Stress that is triggered by things that remind you of the event.
Excess stress can also cause serious emotional damage. People can cope well with mild episodes of stress by using the body's natural defenses to adapt to change.

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