November 8, 2009
“The Silent Disease”
In today’s society there are many health issues that continue to appear in publications throughout the media world. The articles about heart disease, cancer and diabetes repeat itself dailyin the newspapers, magazines and the internet. The one health issue that escapes people’s awareness is “Stress”, one that can attribute to many health problems we have in America.
The workplace is one of the most obvious places that stress occurs. “In this difficult economy, you may find it harder than ever to cope with challenges on the job. Both the stress we take with us when we go to work and the stress that awaits us on the job are on the rise – and employers, managers, and workers all feel the added pressure”(Segal). The pressed economy has employee’s feeling the increased pressure to perform as companies implement budget cuts and employee layoffs. The excessive stress causes loss of memory, confidence and sometimes even withdrawing socially. As stress occurs every day in all of us, it is the workplace where we feel most vulnerable. It is where we create our lively hood, and without the income, there is no place to live and nothing to eat.
The way employee’s cope with stress in today’s workplace; most have long term effects on the mind and body. “Excess stress can manifest itself in a variety of emotional, behavioral, and even physical symptoms, and the symptoms of stress vary enormously among different individuals” (Segal). The negative effects of stress include insomnia, anxiety and fatigue. When an individual cannot function due to any of those three symptoms it directly affects their performance at work. As the employee tries to cope with the stress, tense feelings are carried into their minds and on their body. The overly stressed individual is even susceptible to a nervous breakdown.
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