Most common causes of stress

Stress has many different causes, which can vary from person to person. Some individuals get stressed easily while others need several different stressful events before they begin to feel the physical or psychological effects. Here are some of the most common causes of stress:

  • Childhood trauma
  • Death of a loved one
  • Divorce
  • Finances
  • Job
  • Health
  • Personal relationships
  • Chronically ill child
  • Pregnancy
  • Danger

In 1967 Holmes and Rahe developed a questionnaire called the Social Readjustment Rating Scale (SRRS) for identifying major stressful life events. Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe found a strong correlation did exist between life stressors and patient illness. With this in mind, they could indicate which life stressors put people at higher risk for becoming ill as a result.  The Stress Scale is often used by doctors today to predict illness from stressful life events. To calculate your own stress levels, and see how these stressful situations could be affecting your health, please click the link below:

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