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When we are stressed the following happens:
* Blood pressure rises
* Breathing becomes more rapid
* Digestive system slows down
* Heart rate (pulse) rises
* Immune system goes down
* Muscles become tense
* We do not sleep (heightened state of alertness

The most common causes of stress are:
* Bereavement
* Family problems
* Financial matters
* Illness
* Job issues
* Lack of time
* Moving home
* Relationships (including divorce)
The following are also causes of stress
* Abortion
* Becoming a mother or a father
* Conflicts in the workplace
* Driving in bad traffic
* Fear of crime
* Losing your job
* Miscarriage
* Noisy neighbors
* Overcrowding
* Pollution
* Pregnancy
* Retirement
* Too much noise

Diagnosis of stress
A good primary care physician (GP - General Practitioner) should be able to diagnose stress based on the patient's symptoms alone. Some doctors may wish to run some tests, such as a blood or urine, or a health assessment.

The diagnosis of stress depends on many factors and is complex, say experts. A wide range of approaches to stress diagnosis have been used by health care professionals, such as the use of questionnaires, biochemical measures, and physiological techniques. Experts add that the majority of these methods are subject to experimental error and should be viewed with caution. The most practicable way to diagnose stress and its effects on a person is through a comprehensive, stress-oriented, face-to-face interview. How to deal with stress

There are three broad methods you can follow to treat stress, they include self-help, self management, and medication.

Self help for treating stress
Exercise - exercise has been proven to have a beneficial effect on a person's mental and physical state. For many people exercise is an extremely effective stress buster.

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