Jul 6, 2014, 4:51 PM
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Stress detrimental to health

Tehran, July 6, IRNA -- Stress and anxiety adversely affects the physical and psychological health of human, said a psychologist.

Monday edition of the English-language newspaper Iran Daily wrote that Amir Mohammad Shahsavarani noted stress is a feeling of strain and pressure, adding social isolation, restlessness, involuntary quivering of hands and legs, overeating and undereating and fright are among the main symptoms of stress.

The psychologist pointed out stress can cause sudden fall in blood pressure, skin diseases, sleep disorders and fertility problems.

Referring to the guideline of the Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on the need to increase population growth rate, he said that with respect to fertility problems caused by stress and strain, the officials should strive to reduce the psychological tension of the people.

He referred to various types of headache, migraines, menstrual problems, fatigue in immune system as other negative effects of stress and strain.

Shahsavarani said stress, caused by external and internal factors, is classified into the two categories of acute and chronic.

Chronic stress is the response to emotional pressure suffered for a prolonged period over which an individual perceives he or she has no control while an acute stress reaction occurs when symptoms, including anxiety, develop quickly as a reaction to exceptionally stressful events.

Stress is a normal part of life. Many events that happen to you and around you –and many things that you do yourself—put stress on your body. You can experience stress from your environment, your body and your thoughts.

The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it. Stress can be positive, keeping us alert and ready to avoid danger. Stress becomes negative when a person faces continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between challenges. As a result, the person becomes overworked and stress-related tension builds.

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