We often speak of being stressed out. The pressures of a job, of school, or of a relationship build up and we find ourselves on edge, nervous, losing sleep, and eating excessively. We are stressed out until the situation is resolved and our life returns to some degree of normalcy.
But stress goes beyond thisit encompasses much more than the examples given above and can harm us much more than losing some sleep or gaining a few pounds can.
C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., one of the worlds leading experts on pain management and chronic disease, contends that all illness is stress-induced. And although this may be difficult to graspespecially to those of us who think of stress only in terms of job pressures, family pressures, and so onit is a true statement, and, in the medical world, nothing new.