Invisible Wounds

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They are invisible, but the mental wounds and bruises that stress places on Americans can sometimes be unbearable. Stress has become a common theme for the average American. As Americans try to cope with incessant body fatiguing daggers, such as work, school, and relationships, the more they are susceptible to enter a world of mental pain and anguish. Sometimes these never-ending demands become so overwhelming that these individuals cannot help but to break down and lose control of their mental health. By taking a look at the symptoms and equations that bring on anxiety disorders and depression, it is clear to see how stress has become an important factor on determining how healthy Americans are and how healthy Americans will be.

Stress is defined as a mentally or emotionally disruptive condition occurring in response to adverse external influences and capable of affecting physical health, usually characterized by increased heart rate, a rise in blood pressure, muscular tension, irritability, and depression.

(Dalgard) Stress can come from one's children, mortgage payments, relationship trouble and hundreds of other things that occur in the average American life. It is hardly surprising that most Americans report at least some stress in their lives, and describe their days as ''quite,'' if not ''extremely,'' stressful. For some, this stress may intensify until it poses a threat to mental health. And, although the exact mechanisms are not fully understood, the emotions engendered by stress can alter the immune response and influence the onset and progression of physical illness.

The most common effects of prolonged stress on your health result in anxiety disorders. The mental and physical pain of anxiety disorders can be unbearable. Anxiety fills the mind with excruciating amounts of worry and fear that eventually leads to the disabling of one's...