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Stress Definition

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Updated June 05, 2014

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Definition: Stress is the body's reaction to a change that requires a physical, mental or emotional adjustment or response.

Stress can come from any situation or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, nervous, or anxious.

Stress is caused by an existing stress-causing factor or "stressor."

Dealing with a serious illness or caring for someone who is can cause a great deal of stress.

Also Known As: distress

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