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Types of stress and its causes

There are many things that can cause stress in your life.  Some stress can be short (acute stress), such as taking an exam or going for a job interview. These types of short-term stresses are normal.  Long stress, (chronic stress) can last over a long period of time. They are often caused by stressful events or situations and if left untreated, can lead to other serious issues health problems.

Acute Stress
Acute stress is the most common type of stress. Most people experience this type of stress in their lives.  It comes from pressures and demands of the present and anticipated pressures and demands in the near future.  Because it is short term, acute stress doesn’t do as much harm as long term or chronic stress.

Chronic Stress
Chronic Stress is long term stress that wears people away day after day, year after year.  Chronic stress causes many health-related issues. Personal and social issues that last over long lengths of time can create chronic stress that people get used to, however if left untreated, can cause serious issues such as suicide, depression, violence, chronic anger, heart attacks, strokes, cancer.

Personal problems that can cause chronic stress:
Relationship issues

  • Your Health
    A chronic illness can cause stress in your life.
  • Your Emotional issues
    Low self-esteem, depression, grief, anger or other emotional issues can cause stress in your life.
  • Life Changes
    Death in a family, new baby, losing your job, getting married. Major life changes can cause stress in your life.
  • Family problems
    A dysfunctional family, an unhappy marriage, or a family member who is suffering from stress or other issues can cause stress in your own life.

Social issues that can cause stress:

  • Your environment
    Living in a high crime, high pollution, high noise, or overcrowding area can cause stress in your life.
  • Your social situation
    Living in poverty, feeling lonely, facing discrimination, can cause stress in your life.
  • Your employment
    Too much demand on the job, being unhappy at work, being unemployed or can’t find work, can cause stress in your life.

Post-traumatic stress:

  • Traumatic events like war, rape, natural disasters cause post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).


  • One of the negative effects of stress is anxiety. Stress is caused by an existing stress-causing factor called stressor.  Anxiety is stress that continues after that stressor is gone.  Anxiety is considered abnormal when it is severe or continues for a lengthy time.



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