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In the short term, it is not harmful. But if there are prolonged periods of stress, it can be harmful and lead to migraines, back pain, asthma, and, at other levels, ulcers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis.
Stress can be acute or chronic, stemming from any situation or thought that makes a person feel frustrated, angry, or anxious.
Although it appears that the definition of stress is very simple, it is actually not. First, because not all stress is the same, and second, because believe it or not, it is difficult to detect when someone is feeling stressed. The characteristics of stress are similar to those you experience in other circumstances, for example when you watch a horror movie or eat a delicious dinner. Pleasure and stress trigger similar responses in your body and mind.
Therefore stress is triggered when you are simultaneously perceiving these two things: high expectations (internal and external) and a lack of control over the situation.