The stress response may start in your head but it doesn't end there. Learn more about how stress can impact your body and your mind. More
A stress response can be appropriate, but chronic stress can cause illness. Stress hormones and brain signaling molecules play a role. More
Finding out how to manage stress can be an important way to prevent the serious consequences of an overworked stress response system. More
This site provides some general information on the relationships between stress and health. Your individual situation is unique. Your health care provider is best suited to work with you on a health care strategy that fits your needs. Content on this site was written by Dianne Rees, JD, PhD (last updated December, 9, 2009) and is not sponsored by third parties.
The Stress Balance
Stress is your body's way of responding to perceived danger. Generally, your body finds its own balance, but constant stress can make it harder for your body to bounce back from a stress response. Managing and treating stress is about restoring balance to the stress response.