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Stress itself is not a mental illness. But when the stress keeps piling up and it starts to make you feel worse instead of motivating you, it can harm your mental health and well-being. Stress is a risk factor for someone who is already vulnerable to developing a mental illness. Stress can affect us physically, too.

Operating Instructions

After seven years of active symptoms, a dozen medications, three hospitalizations and a course of electroconvulsive therapy, Daphnée has leaned into young adulthood equipping herself with a host of relapse prevention tools. But perhaps most foundational of all is the role loved ones have in her life during setbacks.


Stress is the response of your body and mind to demands being placed on you. Some stress can be helpful when it is manageable and feels proportional to the tasks or situations that need your attention. Too much stress, though, can take a real toll on your mental health and well-being.


Treatments: What Works?

It seems like everyone has an opinion when it comes to treatments for mental health or substance use problems. To add to the confusion, it isn’t always obvious who is basing their opinions on real evidence and who is not. And while we often hear people talk about evidence-based treatments, it’s also clear that complementary and alternative medicine approaches are helpful for some.


Learn more about stress. Stress is a normal reaction to difficult or demanding situations. Some stress can help us work through problems, but too much stress can have a negative impact on our health and well-being.

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