Stress can be a reaction to short-lived situations, such as being stuck in traffic. It can also last a long time if you are dealing with relationship problems, a death in the family or other serious situations. Stress becomes dangerous when it interferes with your ability to lead a normal life over an extended period. You may feel tired, unable to concentrate, or irritable. Stress can also damage your physical health. Stress that is left unchecked or unmanaged is known to contribute to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and suicide.
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