Home > Mental health > Stress > FAQs FAQs All sections in Mental Health » Alcohol » Brain » Disorders » Drugs » Living with Mental Illness » Mental Health in SA » Stress » Treatment » Mental Health News Is negative stress a common phenomenon? Stress has been labelled the "plague" of the new millennium and with good reason - stress is the number one cause of modern diseases. So you are not alone! Ask CyberShrink » Talk Heart to heart forum » 13 hidden signs of stress Regenerative medicine: replacing brain cells lost from stroke Is it possible to eliminate stress? Is it possible to eliminate stress? What is internal and external stress? External stress comes from outside us, while internal stress comes from inside of us and determine our body's ability to respond to external stress-inducing factors or stressors. Is all stress bad for you? In life, there is positive and negative stress. Read on to find out whether the stress in your life is toxic or good for you. If I manage my stress, won't I become laid back and inefficient? Some people like to function on the "edge". They find that they work best under pressure and deadlines. They feel that stress actually makes them more productive and efficient. These people may not seek stress management training as they feel it will make them too relaxed and laid back to be productive. Fortunately, this is not the case. Why do we experience a stress reaction? Stress is the response our bodies experience as we adjust and adapt to our continually changing environment. It is aimed at helping us to survive and even thrive in our world. That’s why all living things have survived up to now! What is the difference between relaxation and stress management? Stress management helps you to avoid stressful situations, while relaxation training teaches you how to remain calm and quiet in the midst of stress. Why can stress make one sick? Prolonged exposure to stress is bad for your health and can result in anything form heart disease to ulcers to depression. Read on and find out more about stress and its negative impact on your health. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors The three stress-busting basics you can’t afford to ignore Detangle the myths from the facts Why you should try the cold or hot approach for sports-related injuries Head lice myth busters! Live healthier Coffee and wine for the win! » Could heartburn drugs upset your 'good' gut bacteria? Life is a gut reaction Good news! Coffee & wine may promote a healthy gut Diverse bacteria help your gut stay healthy. Here's how what you eat and drink can help or harm that balance - and it's not all bad news. I gave hubby HIV » Giving babies antibodies promptly may eliminate HIV Vaginal ring to prevent HIV on the cards I gave my husband HIV and watched him die Stephanie van Niekerk unwittingly infected her husband with HIV and ended up having to watch him wither and die in front of her very eyes. This is Stephanie's story in her own words.