Under-Reacting To Stress Linked To Depression & Obesity

Approximately 40 percent of Americans say their jobs are extremely stressful, according to a study by Northwestern National Life. Individuals may be inclined to turn to illicit substances to cope with stress, which can result in addiction. Drug rehab centers can help people suffering from a substance dependency as a result of stress, but bottling up emotional turmoil can be detrimental as well.

A new study shows that people who under-react to stress are more likely to suffer from depression and obesity, according to FOX News. Researcher Doug Carroll told the news source that overreacting to stress can cause hypertension and atherosclerosis. However, bottling up stress can result in poor overall health, including a weak immune system and symptoms of depression.

The study examined approximately 1,300 people over the course of 14 years. Individuals who completed a short stress test and showed little changes in blood pressure were more likely to suffer weight problems and depression over a five-year span. A similar study conducted in 2006 discovered that people with low blood pressure are susceptible to anxiety.

One-fourth of Americans say that their job is the number one stressor in their life, according to Northwestern National Life. Drug rehab centers can help individuals who are suffering from addiction as a result of stress.