Stress and prostate cancer often go hand in hand. You may not know that there are actually different types, according to the American Psychological Association.
Acute stress is a short-term reaction to situations and events, or perceived threats, such as:
But it can also be a reaction to something fun and exciting (like riding a roller coaster). During these times, we may:
Fortunately, these symptoms typically come and go pretty quickly.
Episodic acute stress
Episodic acute stress can occur in people who can’t relax, take on too much of everything, or seem to worry about every little thing.
In addition to real "stressors," these people may create their own internal stress because of the way they act and think.
Because of the constant heightened state of arousal, they may be at risk for:
This is long-term and unrelenting. It may be a reaction to:
Side effects of stress
Stress has been linked to emotional problems as well as serious physical problems, including:
Some even believe stress is linked to cancer.
Stress and prostate cancer
A diagnosis of prostate cancer could trigger acute stress. Coping with advanced prostate cancer, or a cancer recurrence, could also lead to chronic stress.
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to try to relieve stress. When coping with your loved one's prostate cancer, it is important to:
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