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Does Emotional Stress Cause Disease?

August 12, 20159 min
Constantly being emotionally "worked-up" can cause your heart rate to escalate and your body to shut down.Even though research has suggested that some amount of stress might be beneficial to your health, emotional stress is different. Emotional stress involves your sympathetic nervous system, the part of your brain that kicks in during a fight-or-flight situation.Could there be a connection between a psychologically stressful event and physical disease?Public speaker, Donna Jackson Nakazawa, discusses whether or not emotional trauma and stress can cause disease.

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