Health & Wellbeing

Stress can affect both your physical and mental health. As more research is done into the link between stress and health, the medical community is beginning to view stress as a serious problem. A recent study by the American Psychological Association revealed that stress is the number one cause for chronic illness.

Symptoms of stress: what you need to know

Most of us show symptoms of stress from time to time – we all experience challenges and overcoming them is just part of day-to-day life, which, indeed, would be dull without them. But when stressful situations don’t let up, or we feel out of control and unable to cope with them, the symptoms of stress can stop us living a well-balanced life, damage our health or those close to us.

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Stress rash: symptoms, causes and treatment

Stress rash, also referred to as hives or urticaria, is one of the most common symptoms of stress. Here, we discuss the science behind it and outline the major symptoms and treatments.

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Stress and chest pain

While there has always been an anecdotal link between stress and chest pain, recent research confirms that such a connection is very real. Recurrent chest pain can have a significant negative impact on an individual’s quality of life. Many sufferers report feeling anxious about the risk that it indicates a serious underlying condition.

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13 tips on how to deal with exam stress

Exam stress, like most stress, mainly comes down to feeling out of control. Do I know enough? What questions will come up? What if I do badly? This triggers reactions from feeling irritable to being unable to eat or sleep properly, feeling tearful or even panicky. Here are some tips on how to deal with exam stress.

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8 places to turn during a nervous breakdown

If you think you are suffering a nervous breakdown, you should seek urgent help. You should never feel like stress is something you have to suffer in silence. We explain the eight best places to turn during a stress crisis.

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Can “Virtual Reality Therapy” relieve stress, supplant CBT?

Virtual Reality Therapy (VRT) is showing promise as a treatment for a variety of mental health problems. Research carried out at the University of Quebec supports the idea that VRT could prove an effective treatment for stress, anxiety and phobias.

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Stress raises heart risk by 27%; like smoking five cigarettes a day

A new study reveals the little-known health risks of severe stress. Could stress really be as damaging for your heart as smoking? A groundbreaking study by Columbia University Medical Center suggests so.

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Men remember stuff better under stress – but women don’t: study

Does your gender affect how you react to stress? Women are often thought to handle multi-tasking better than men. But does the science back this up?

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Festive season ups stress hormones, disrupting sleep

Christmas is traditionally seen as a time for relaxation and recharging your batteries. Research suggests that may not be quite accurate.

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CBT cuts anxiety among depressed patients: study

People suffering from depression experienced fewer symptoms of anxiety after complementing their medication with sessions of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), new research has found.

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