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Stress: A Dr. Cacanja and Dr. Haddox discussion

Updated on March 28, 2017

Stress Kills

Dr. Haddox: Dr. Cacanja, since you are my senior, in the sense that you have lived significantly longer than I have, and have learned more, what topic do you consider to be most urgent in today's world?

Dr. Cacanja: By and large, the greatest problem that people have to deal with today is "stress in their lives.

Dr. Haddox: Please share with us a case in example.

Dr. Cacanja: Consider the President of the United States of America, Mr. Donald Trump. You and I, being physicians trained to see objectively the behaviors that people display in their lives, can see the pain and suffering that Mr. Trump undergoes. Much of it is due to his on creation, however, just the same, it is the stress that causes him to behave in a manner that is detrimental to himself and that is of detriment to the world. I hate to start off our conversation pointing to President Trump, but he is the most powerful man in the world and he has control of the world's most powerful fighting machine.

Dr. Haddox: Okay. Good enough. Yes. Mr. Trump is the source of many of the world's most pressing problems. However, there is nothing that you or I can say or do rectify this problem as physicians. Hundreds, if not thousands of doctors, have voiced opinions, even shared their concerns about his mental health, but no one can do anything about mental problems as they affect a person as powerful as Mr. Trump. He is beyond the help of any physicians

Dr. Cacanja: I feel that we should share some simple ideas that will help people in the world at the level where we are. We help, mostly, everyday people. People who are not billionaires. Regular working people who do what they do, day by day, to survive.

Dr. Haddox: Yes. You and I know that stress is in or lives is a normal thing. Most of the time some stress in our lives helps us to survive. However, too much stress can surely have adverse effects on one's life.

Dr. Haddox: How about sharing some of your ideas of causes of stress.

Dr. Cacanja: Okay. I hear people say that fighting with friends, and especially family members, cause stress. Three quarters of these people say that the stress of dealing with this kind of stress cause them to suffer from physical and emotional pain, or experience real symptoms. People are different, but it seems that work, or work place issues is a real source of stress for a lot of people. People report stress from working in the office as a major source of stress.

Dr. Haddox: Very good. I here some of the same chief complaints when I interview people concerning "Problems of Living."

To summarize this workplace stress:

We hear from people who are unhappy on the job

We say it is bad when they have too much responsibility or the workload is too heavy

They say that they have to work too long. Working hours are too heavy.

They say management is not good. Expectations are unrealistic, unclear and that they do not have input or control of their lives at work.

Working in situations where danger is present, that is, working under dangerous conditions can be very stressful.

Risk of termination of one's job, or insecure work situations are stressful.

Public speaking, or speaking in front of colleagues can be stressful to many people.

Discrimination or harassment in the work place in companies where there is not support is stressful.

Dr. Cacanja: You have asked me to talk about some "life stresses":

When one has a death in the family, or other loved on, this is stressful.

Traumatic events such as natural disasters, violence against you or a loved one, theft or rape is stressful.

Taking care of an elderly or sick family member is stressful.

Emotional problems like depression, anxiety, anger, grief guilt, or low self-esteem can be stressful.

Chronic illness or injury can be stressful.

Moving into a new home is stressful.

Getting married, a big change, is stressful.

If you loss your job, it is stressful.

Divorce is stressful.

Dr. Haddox: Yes. And factors that come from within your person can cause stress. For example, the fear of uncertainty. Terrorist attacks and environmental factors like global warming and toxic chemicals that we hear about all the time. Our own "world views," or attitudes and perceptions, can cause us a lot of grief and stress. Unrealistic expectations can be a problem We are not perfect and the world is not perfect. We see Mr. Trump wanting the whole world to yield to his expectations, but this is not the way life is. We can fight another world war, a nuclear battle, and the world will only be worse off because of it.

Dr. Cacanja: I know that our conversation has to end here as we agreed to a time limit. However, we did not get a chance to talk about the "fight or flight" response as it relates to stressful situations. This happens when our bodies launch a physical response and our nervous systems go into action. If this response stays active too long we get chronic stress which can lead to serious health issues.

Short periods of stress can result in:



difficulty sleeping

difficulty concentrating

gastric upset


and long-term stress can result in:


high blood pressure (hypertension)

abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmias)

hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis)

other heart disease

heart attack

heartburn, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome

upset stomach, and cramps, and diarrhea

weigh gain or loss

changes in sex drive

fertility problems

flare-ups if one has asthma or arthritis problems

problems with skin such as acne, eczema and psoriasis can result from stress.

Dr. Haddox: Stress needs to be managed. Research have shown that people who get help with managing their stress problems live longer healthier lives. We want to see you get the help you need. Have a wonderful day.



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