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Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress 75 to 90 percent of all physician office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints stress is linked to the six leading causes of death--heart disease cancer lung ailments accidents cirrhosis of the liver and suicide Miller 1993 p12 Stress plays havoc with our health our productivity our pocketbooks and our lives but it is necessary even desirable Oxford 1998 p29 During the eighties and into the nineties work stress continued to rise in organizations across the US The eighties saw employees stressing out from working in a rapidly growing economy During the nineties and continuing today employees are stressed by their own job insecurities in the face of downsizing and restructuring of corporations Stress is a very broad topic ranging from research on the sources of stress and the effects of stress to ways of managing and reducing stress When people talk about stress they dont realize that there different types of stress Acute stress is the most common type of stress Acute stress comes from demands and pressures of the recent past and anticipated demands and pressures of the near future Hanson 1985 p17 Everyone experiences stress however each person responds to stress differently Their response depends on how they react to stress emotionally mentally and physically There are however common effects of stress for most people both physically and mentally Some of the most common symptoms of stress are emotional distress muscular problems stomach problems and over stimulation Emotional distress includes anger irritability and anxiety Muscular problems such as tension headaches upper and lower back pain and jaw pain are symptoms of stress Muscular tension that leads to pulled muscles and tendon and ligament problems are also symptoms of stress Other symptoms of stress are stomach gut and bowel problems Heartburn acid stomach ulcers diarrhea constipation and irritable bowel syndrome are examples of these problems
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