Who can boast not to have been subjected ever to stress, whether in personal or professional life? It is a worrying phenomenon of today society implicating both individual health disorders and of economic difficulties.

Stress is “a state of mental, emotional, or other strain” (Concise Oxford Dict.). It seems that one of the major consequences of stress is the high secretion of cortisol, reported hormone “of stress”. This reaction leads to a certain number of physiological and psychological disorders with an influence on the general state of health.

There is no universal definition of stress. On the other hand, there are numerous theories relating to what is believed to be stress.

The organism tends to permanently support a constant equilibrium or homeostasis and tolerates restricted modifications. When modifications produced by internal or external agents are extreme, they affect the homeostatic mechanisms of the organism which is very busy restoring equilibrium. Stress is then the result, speeded up by any extreme urges, which permits adaptation by maintaining the basis equilibrium of the organism. This reaction is not specific as it does not depend on the stressful agent.

Usually, the state of stress is generated by a stressful agent or the apprehension of stress. The attack, internal or external, is not confined in the psychical sphere but in repercussions on the body and draws away organic modifications.
Stress results therefore in an inability to deal with a strong accumulation of tension.

Stress is an inherent phenomenon in life; it can be perceptible as positive or negative. However the sector of the population complaining about the inconveniences linked to stress is in constant increase. It doubled for instance in only 10 years in industrial countries. To find out more on this phenomenon of society, click here.

Our society tends to always demand more effectiveness, more output, more performance with so many conditions resulting in the increase of persons put on edge. The main sources of extended stress recorded by the practitioners on their patients are the following: a poor state of health, financial or professional difficulties, the loss of a job, an uprooting, etc.

The consequences of a state of extended stress are numerous. This phenomenon could lead to physiological, physical and psychological disorders. To find out more on the repercussions of stress on our organism, click here.