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Clinical management of chronic stress

Chronic stress can take its toll on health. Kathy Oxtoby looks at its impact and what practitioners can do to support and advise people before their stress leads to more serious issues.

Stress is a normal part of life. But chronic stress can take its toll on health and lead to more serious issues. Long-term health risks include sleep problems, headaches, frequent colds and coughs, stomach problems, bowel problems, and high blood pressure 1. “Stress is how we react when we feel under pressure or threatened. It usually happens when we are in a situation that we don’t feel we can manage or control,” says Jess D’Cruz, information content manager at Mind. Stress expert and psychotherapist Lina Mookerjee says stress is anything that “the brain and nervous system perceives as threatening or


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