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Stress A-Z : a sourcebook for facing everyday challenges
Kahn, Ada P.
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New York : Facts on File, [1998]

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x, 390 pages ; 25 cm
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QP82.2.S8 K34 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Stress A-Z provides a comprehensive look at the most common stressors, how they affect your health, and how you can take steps to help yourself. From traffic to telemarketers who call during dinner to loss of a job or a loved one, this is the most complete guide to dealing with the dangers of stress and leading a healthier life. Ada P. Kahn's positive approach to identifying and coping with everyday challenges can help readers relax and reduce the stress in their daily lives. Each entry is written clearly for the general reader and provides all the information you need to identify your stress and take steps to help yourself or decide if you need professional treatment. Presented in an accessible A-Z format, the entries have been reviewed by a medical advisory board and also include sources for further reading and information on helpful resources and organizations.

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Designed as an overview of stress-related topics, this dictionary-style work provides selective coverage of various aspects of stress. The author has taken a holistic approach in selecting topics to include. Among them are absenteeism, aging, culture shock, domestic violence, downsizing, environment, hot flashes, information anxiety, relocation, stuttering, weekend depression, and writer's block. The author emphasizes what people under stress can do for themselves using alternative techniques, self-help, and self-healing, although she does also cover the pharmacological approach. There are more than 500 entries, with an average length of 400^-500 words. The longest entry, depression, covers almost six pages. Many of the entries include see also references. Many are also followed by contact information for agencies and organizations, such as the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. Where applicable, the source(s) of information for the topic covered is also included at the end of the entry. A 14-page bibliography at the end of the volume includes works consulted arranged by topics, such as addictions, alternative therapies, cancer, and divorce. This resource is not intended to provide complete information on any one stress-related topic, but as an overview it would be a helpful addition to almost any reference collection, including medical libraries, public libraries, high-school libraries, and academic libraries.



Many physicians now recognize the possibility that nearly 80% of their patients' complaints could be stress-related. There's no avoiding stress, but there are ways to handle it and control the toll it takes on our health. Stress A to Z focuses on practical ways to recognize and cope with stress and identifies its causes, symptoms, and treatments. This vital guide takes a positive approach to helping readers choose the best solutions to life's daily challenges, from random nuisances such as traffic and telemarketers who call at dinner time, to major life events such as divorce or loss of a loved one. Written in an encyclopedic format, Stress A to Z offers easy-to-read entries on the causes of stress, the physical and mental problems it can create, and the options available for self-help or professional treatment. This timely new resource is the most complete guide available to dealing with the dangers of everyday stress and leading a healthier life. Stress A to Z covers: • Alternative therapies, such as biofeedback, herbal remedies, homeopathy, transcendental meditation, and rolfing, which offer solutions outside conventional medicine, but come with their own potential dangers • Anger, one of the most common sources of stress, which can be put to positive or negative use depending on attitude • Depression, the most common mental illness, an affective mood disorder, which causes feelings of hopelessness, low self-esteem, and extreme sadness; it can lead to withdrawal from life and thoughts of suicide • Drug therapy, the use of prescription medications, such as antidepressants and benzodiazepine drugs, to combat mental illness and stress • Life changing events, such as death, divorce, losing a job, marriage, moving, retirement, and other circumstances, which cause major stress (includes a life change rating scale to measure your chances of a serious stress-related illness) • The workplace, a common source of stress due to heavy workloads, tense situations, difficulties with co-workers, the threat of losing a job to downsizing, and what actions can be taken to ease the stress. Excerpted from Stress A-Z: A Sourcebook for Facing Everyday Challenges by Ada P. Kahn All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.