In 1983, Time magazine declared stress "the epidemic of the 80's". However, when compared with today's pace, the 80's seem almost leisurely. Evidence of stress-related illness in all age groups is becoming more and more common. Whether it is everyday annoyances such as being stuck in traffic, or more acute forms of stress, such as bereavement or divorce, stress is something each of us copes with daily. One thing is certain. Stress affects each of us, but often in very different ways.
The sources of stress can be physical, as with accidents, overesertion, or poor posture, or mental, as with the death of a loved one or an unpaid bill. While there are many differences in individuals, stress produces some common reactions. Emotionally, stress can lead to depression, anxiety and anger. Physically, stress has been implicated in conditions ranging from backaches to headaches, high blood pressure, heart disease, depressed immune system response, asthma, colds, infections, and digestive disorders.