The vast majority of people with high blood pressure (a.k.a. hypertension) have what’s called primary or essential hypertension. In medical terms, that refers to high blood pressure for which no cause can be found. About 10 percent of patients have “secondary hypertension,” meaning they have an underlying disorder that causes
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You’re feeling spent, listless, and/or exhausted after work almost every night—and the next morning. You can’t seem to break out of a pattern of dragging through the day and collapsing into bed at night. You’re looking to get some zip back in your step—and to learn how to improve energy
Stress happens—whether we like it or not. While some strain is essential to our survival (it promotes the release of hormones needed to fight or run from our stressors), too much can cause a slew of nasty illnesses. Being under chronic stress boosts our risk of physical and psychological conditions,
When stress hits, it can wreak havoc on our health. The more tense we become, the less likely we are to take care of ourselves. Our diets and exercise regimes go to pot. We struggle to sleep, and our muscles are constantly tense. We spend so much energy try-ing to
Everyone experiences stress differently. What one person considers a catastrophic problem, another might see as an invigorating challenge. One thing we all have in common: the marks that chronic stress leave behind on our bodies and minds. From shrinking brains to inflamed arteries in the heart, stress can leave a
As we mentioned in Chapter 1, stress differs for everyone. What someone might see as a non-event (kids arguing over a toy, for instance), another might view as a heart-pounding, tension-inducing annoyance. The one thing we can agree on: Stress exists, and it doesn’t always feel good. While its causes
Anxiety comes in different forms and produces different reactions. So to answer the question “What is anxiety?” we’ll take a look at various anxiety definitions, discussing causes and characteristics.
What Is Anxiety?
Someone with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) feels excessive anxiety or worry about a wide array of activities or events (or
“Stress” is a term used to describe how your body reacts to changing, often unpredictable, conditions. Stress-provoking situations may involve anything from caring for an aging parent to dealing with a chronic illness, or from being stuck in heavy traffic to facing a snarling dog. Chronic, prolonged stress can be
You’re always tired but you haven’t been able to pinpoint the reason. You think about embarking on a campaign to get to the bottom of your fatigue, but—sad to say—you don’t have the energy to follow through. Don’t feel bad; even the medical community doesn’t fully understand what causes fatigue.
The answer to the question “What is stress?” comes in a clear definition from the National Institute of Mental Health: “Stress is how the brain and body respond to any demand. Every type of demand or stressor—such as exercise, work, school, major life changes, or traumatic events—can be stressful.” Also