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What are the long-term health effects of stress?

  • Your mind:
    • Chronic anxiety.
    • Depression.
    • Mental breakdown, even suicide. Worker safety magazine Hazards estimates there could be as many as 250 work-related suicides each year.
  • Your behaviour:
    • Alcohol/substance misuse.
    • Social isolation.
  • Your body:
    • Digestion problems.
    • Diarrhoea.
    • Vomiting.
    • Stomach ulcers.
  • Your immune system:
    • Lowered resistance to infections.
    • Chronic asthma.
    • Chronic dermatitis.
    • Possible increased risk of cancer.
  • Your heart:
    • Heart disease.
    • Heart attack.
    • Stroke.
    • Hypertension.