Problems and Mental Health Topics

Stress and Stress Reduction

What is Stress?

The website MedicineNet defines stress as follows: Stress may be considered as any physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental unrest and that may be a factor in disease causation. Physical and chemical factors that can cause stress include trauma, infections, toxins, illnesses, and injuries of any sort. Emotional causes of stress and tension are numerous and varied. While many people associate the term "stress" with psychological stress, scientists and physicians use this term to denote any force that impairs the stability and balance of bodily functions.

So, is all stress bad? Not necessarily. A mild degree of stress and tension can sometimes be beneficial. For example, feeling mildly stressed when taking a test or carrying out a project or assignment often compels us to do a good job, focus better, and work energetically.

INFORM YOURSELF! Click "More Information" below to find out: Definitions of stress, who is most susceptible to stress, symptoms of excess stress, effective stress management techniques, and more.

REMEMBER:  "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff"

More information on Stress Reduction
Self-Test: What's my stress level?
Other Mental Health Topics
Campus Mental Health Appointments and Services

If you have questions regarding this information please contact ValJeŠn Dale, LMFT, Chabot College Mental Health Clinical Supervisor.