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  1. Chronic stress

    Chronic stress is the physiological or psychological response induced by a long-term internal or external stressor. The stressor, either physically present or recollected, will produce the same effect and trigger a chronic stress response. There is a wide range of chronic stressors, but most entail relatively prolonged problems, conflicts and threats that people encounter on a daily basis. And several chronic stressors, including "neighbourhood environment, financial strain, interpersonal stress, work stress and caregiving.", have been identified as associated with disease and mortality.Stress responses, such as the fight or flight response, is fundamental. The complexity of the environment means that it is constantly changing. To navigate the surroundings, we, therefore, need a system that is capable of responding to perceived threatening and harmful situations. The stress response system thus has its role as an adaptive process to restore homeostasis in the body by actively making changes. For instance, the body will involve in an endocrine system response in which corticosteroids are released. This process is known as allostasis, first proposed by Sterling and Eyer (1988). Research has provided considerable evidence to illustrate the stress response as a short-term adaptive system. The immediate effects of stress hormones are beneficial in a particular short-term situation. The system is arguably a protective defense against threats and usually does not pose a health risk.However, the problem arises when there is a persistent threat. First-time exposure to a stressor will trigger an acute stress response in the body; however, repeated and continuous exposure causes the stressor to become chronic. McEwen and Stellar (1993) argued there is a "hidden cost of chronic stress to the body over long time periods". That is often known as allostatic load. Chronic stress can cause the allostasis system to overstimulate in response to the persistent threat. And such overstimulation can lead to an adverse impact. To illustrate, the long-term exposure to stress creates a high level of these hormones. This may lead to high blood pressure (and subsequently heart disease), damage to muscle tissue, inhibition of growth, and damage to mental health. Chronic stress also relates directly to the functionality and structure of the nervous system, thereby influencing affective and physiological responses to stress. These subsequently can result in damage to the body.


  1. Chronic stress

    Chronic stress is the response to emotional pressure suffered for a prolonged period over which an individual perceives he or she has no control. It involves an endocrine system response in which occurs a release of corticosteroids. While the immediate effects of stress hormones are beneficial in a particular situation, long-term exposure to stress creates a high level of these hormones that remains constant. This may lead to high blood pressure, damage to muscle tissue, inhibition of growth, suppression of the immune system, and damage to mental health.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chronic stress in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chronic stress in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of chronic stress in a Sentence

  1. Yusuke Tsugawa:

    The structural racism may at least partially explain our findings. For example, Black patients living in neighborhoods with predominantly Black residents tend to live close to hospitals that lack resources to provide high quality healthcare, it is possible that Black men in particular face especially high cumulative amounts of stress and allostatic load, which refers to the cumulative burden of chronic stress and life events, potentially leading to a higher death rate after surgery among this population.

  2. Vaile Wright:

    It's not inevitable that people with chronic stress will have negative outcomes, if you can identify the things that are in your control and then engage in healthy behaviors, you can mitigate some of that stress.

  3. Amy Arnsten:

    I am not a bad person -- this is just how the brain changes with chronic stress. It's doing it to try to protect me, even though in this situation, it's making it worse, having that kind of insight and perspective can break the vicious cycle where you're blaming yourself for not being better.

  4. Kathryn Fantauzzi:

    Even if youre a busy mom who might have trouble sleeping or youre a CEO who has trouble sleeping or youre someone who identifies as having chronic stress or youre an elite athlete traveling around the world, no matter what, having time to recover from stress, whatever that might be either physical or mental is really important for health.

  5. Wendy Suzuki:

    It [ stress ] actually makes certain brain areas smaller, people that have chronic stress have smaller parts of the brain that are important for memory. That part of the brain is called the hippocampus.


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