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What are the long-term health effects of stress?

  • Your mind:
    • chronic anxiety;
    • depression; and
    • 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; and
    • social isolation.
  • Your body:
    • digestion problems;
    • diarrhoea;
    • vomiting; and
    • stomach ulcers.
  • Your immune system:
    • lowered resistance to infections;
    • chronic asthma;
    • chronic dermatitis; and
    • possible increased risk of cancer.
  • Your heart:
    • heart disease;
    • heart attack;
    • stroke; and
    • hypertension.