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How Stress Can Affect Your Overall Health

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How Stress Can Affect Your Overall Health

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How Stress Can Affect Your Overall Health

  1. 1. Depression Feelings of hopelessness and despair triggered by stress or anxiety can cause people to neglect their health and fall into a cycle of poor decisions. Drug and alcohol use Some people use drugs and/or alcohol to escape stress, and their use can lead to other health problems on top of the stress that they are attempting to avoid. Insomnia People who have stress and anxiety in their everyday lives often report having trouble sleeping, which leads to decreased energy and other issues. Headaches Stress and anxiety can trigger headaches that make it difficult to concentrate, sleep or enjoy social activities in your free time. Teeth grinding Called bruxism, the grinding of teeth during sleep often is triggered by unresolved stress and anxiety experienced during the day, and can lead to an array of dental problems. Digestive problems Anxiety and stress can tamper with the body’s natural digestive process and cause heartburn and other types of discomfort. High blood pressure Experiencing too much stress can raise the body’s blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart attack and heart disease. Weight gain Stress has been linked to overeating, which can lead to weight gain, obesity and a variety of health issues related to excessive body weight. Sexual problems Reproductive issues such as fertility problems, erectile dysfunction and irregular periods can be traced to stress and anxiety. Temporomandibular joint disorder Clenching one’s jaw unconsciously due to stress can result in chronic jaw pain, neck pain or earaches, as well as teeth misalignment. How Stress Can Affect Your Overall Health www.mclean-dentist.com

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