When something is chronic, I like to visualize a smoldering or angry storm. Something with chronicity will billow in and linger, become subject to increases in intensity, and may be very hard to get rid of. The American Psychological Association provided a news release to the public titled "The APA Stress in America Survey." In short, the survey asked people if they were stressed and why. Needless to say, it seemed as if at least 50 percent of Americans find themselves worrying about at least something some of the time, and this trend seems to be here to stay.
Stress is, without a doubt, a major player in a host of different health problems—including anything from depression to cardiovascular disease to IBS. So what's the best way to combat the epidemic of chronic stress? First, we have to better understand it.