The term stress is commonly used by lay persons, for any perceived difficulties in life, causing mild irritation to the kind of severe problems that might result in a breakdown of health. Common stress symptoms include irritability, muscular tension and a variety of physical reactions such as headaches and elevated heart rate. Stress may be acute when it involves a sudden, short-lived, threatening event e.g., robbery, giving a speech or it may be chronic as in marital conflict, or continuous job stress.
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