Stress- the myths and the facts
The following are some of the misconceptions that are held aboutÂ stress and the related disorders that are associated with it:-
Stress is contagious.
Wrong, but some people react to those suffering as if it is, peopleÂ tend to avoid those who have suffered with stress as they do notÂ want to catch the madness!!
Stress is not that serious
Wrong, in the UK one in five people suffer from stress of one form oranother. In industry it costs around 3.4 billion pounds a year inÂ stress related in illness. That equates to approximately 6.7 millionÂ working days a year.
If you take a few weeks off, it will go away
Wrong, unless the stressor is dealt with then it will still be there whenÂ you return.
Stress only happens to those who are weak.
Wrong, anyone can suffer from stress, it is as individual as peopleÂ are, one man’s stress is another’s driving force.
A little bit of stress is good for you.
True, but it must be controlled, if not it can be self destructive.
Stress is a mental illness
Wrong, stress is the natural reaction to pressures applied, and theÂ human curve is breached.
Stress is an illness
Wrong, stress itself is not an illness, but if it is prolonged or in excessÂ it can lead to mental and physical ill health such as depression,Â ulcers, panic attacks and others.
I have a non stressful job, in fact I would say it is boring, I canÂ never suffer stress.
Wrong, under stimulation can also cause stress because you haveÂ no challenges, boredom can be as stressful as pressured jobs.
Is stress the same as PTSD
No, totally different, but similar in their beginnings