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Types of stress

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What is stress?

Stress is healthy response to challenging or dangerous situations.

Stress is a normal part of life and can be positive or negative. Types of stress include:

Good stress

This type of stress is good for you. It comes from facing a positive challenge and can cause us to feel nervous or excited. Good stress can improve motivation and performance.

Short term stress

Short term stress is a brief period of stress related to a specific situation.

Chronic or ongoing stress

Chronic stress can be caused by ongoing pressures or demands that go on for a long period with little hope of improving. Chronic stress can be very damaging to health and relationships.

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If you or someone you know are finding it difficult to manage mental health issues, try healthdirect’s symptom checker and get advice on when to seek professional help.

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Last reviewed: September 2017

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