Recent research has found that about 33 percent of people report feeling extreme stress, 77 percent of people experience stress that affects their physical health.73 percent of people have stress that impacts their mental health.
Can people be addicted to stress?
Unfortunately, it’s not just drugs that can cause our brain to feel scrambled.
Research has now found that stress may even be as addictive as drugs. In addition to the hormones,cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline, stress also releases dopamine, a feel good or motivation hormone that especially young teenage girls thrive on and they get their ‘kicks’ by endless texts and searching for constant online social media ‘likes’.Dopamine encourages repeat behaviours by activating the reward centre in our brain and may be at the heart of many addictive behaviours and substance abuse.
Stress (and drugs) have been shown to have the following side effects:
- relationship problems,
- loss of brain cells,
- increase in blood sugar,
- increased heart rate and blood pressure,
- breakdown of muscle tissue,
- decreased digestive functioning,
- blood clotting,
- skin problems,
- premature aging,
- social isolation and loneliness,
- panic attacks,
- substance abuse,
- lack of focus,
The authors of a 20-year study by the University of London completed in the early 1990s found that unmanaged reactions to stress were a more dangerous risk factor for cancer and heart disease than either cigarette smoking or high-cholesterol foods.
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