Monday, July 13, 2009

Feeling like there are too many pressures and demands on you? Youíre not alone. Everyone experiences stress at times. Itís an unavoidable part of life. Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at stress and its effects on the body in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Stress is what you feel when you have to handle more than you are used to. Some stress is normal and even useful.

When you are stressed, your body responds as though you are in danger. It makes hormones that speed up your heart, make your breathing faster and give you a burst of energy.

But if stress happens too often or lasts too long, it can have bad effects. It may cause headaches, upset stomach, back pain and trouble sleeping. It can weaken your immune system. If you already have a health problem, stress may make it worse.

Sometimes it is clear where stress is coming from. You can count on stress during a major life change such as the death of a loved one, getting married or having a baby. Other times it may not be so clear why you feel stressed.

Itís important to figure out what causes stress for you. Then you can take steps to reduce the stress or handle it better.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.