Why do we feel stress?

KYW Staff
November 05, 2019 - 5:01 pm
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Feeling stress is your body's way of dealing with change and new situations. Even positive changes, like having a baby or getting a new job, can cause stress. 

Stress can become a problem when it goes on for too long and over time, everyone experiences stress differently. 

For many people, stress causes an emotional response or physical symptoms in the body. In fact, experts suggest that as many as 60 to 80 percent of all visits to a primary care doctor are in some way related to stress. 

Common signs of stress include: aches and pains, constipation, depression, diarrhea, forgetfulness, headaches, high blood pressure and insomnia.