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3.9: Common Causes of Stress

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  • Stress happens when people feel like they don’t have the tools to manage all of the demands in their lives. Stress can be short-term or long-term. Missing the bus or arguing with your spouse or partner can cause short-term stress. Money problems or trouble at work can cause long-term stress. Even happy events, like having a baby or getting married can cause stress. Some of the most common stressful life events include:

    • Death of a spouse
    • Death of a close family member Divorce
    • Losing your job
    • Major personal illness or injury
    • Marital separation
    • Marriage
    • Pregnancy
    • Retirement
    • Spending time in jail 

    Social Readjustment Scale.PNG

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