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Stress is good if it motivates you but it’s bad if it wears you down.  Stress is a human defence mechanism, but it is important to not let it take over.

Depression is more serious and long-lasting than stress. It is known that severe stress can provoke a depression.

Recent studies show that Consistent Stress can take up to 10 years off your life, and cause life-threatening disease, depression and mental anguish in you and those you love.

Stress is more than just feeling overwhelmed, overworked and frustrated. It’s the underlying cause for most of our complaints and problems in life.

The National Health and Morbidity Survey in 2015 pointed out 29 per cent of Malaysians had depression and anxiety disorder compared with 12 per cent in 2011.

Malaysian Psychiatric Association president Prof Dr Nor Zuraida Zainal (in an interview in March 2016) said this was because more people expected to experience increased stress because of work and family pressure.

Stress touches all social groups and all age categories; no one can escape it. However, some people are more deeply affected by its effects, depending on their personal, psychosocial, professional and health background.

Stress comes from various sources such as physical, psychological, emotional, social and others.

Social effects of stress will affect families.

Stressed individuals tend to work longer hours. They can experience health issues and be more prone to conflict. These reasons can put great strain on the family. The quality and quantity of family time reduced. Longer stress lasts, greater the impact it have on the family. Stress can be a factor in divorce and separations.

Increased stress levels leads to reduced productivity, more accidents and an increase in industrial relations issues. These have negative impact on economic output which itself impacts all members of the society.

Social consequences of stress are not always easy to identify. Stress is often one of a number of factors which contributes to the problem.

It is rarely the first factor that people would consider but stress consistently contributes to problems within society.