Stress is the term used to describe any physical, mental or emotional
stimulus that upsets the body's natural balance.
Some degree of stress
is a normal part of human response to a challenging situation. However,
heightened and prolonged levels of tension can lead to physical as
well as emotional problems. This commonly takes place in situations
where the individual feels powerless or has impossible deadlines or
schedules they feel they have to meet.
Some people handle
stress and stressful situations well, while others do not. This is
largely related to hereditary factors and attitudes regarding how to
deal with stress.
The symptoms of stress
can include cold hands, changes in appetite, withdrawl, high blood
pressure, memory loss, tooth grinding, fatigue, irritability, insomnia,
lowered sexual drive and/or gastrointestinal disorders.