Research shows that stress-related ailments are responsible for 75% to 90% of visits to the family doctor. This makes stress the world’s leading health problem. In today’s world, rates of stress continue to rise because of an increasingly demanding lifestyle. Job stress is by far the most common source of stress in adults although other forms of stress are escalating in children, teenagers and the elderly for various reasons.
Stress is the body’s response to a real or perceived harmful situation. When controlled and short-lived, stress can help a person perform better. However, if stress is persistent or chronic, it can lead to severe health problems.