What are the long-term health effects of stress?

  • Your mind:
    • chronic anxiety;
    • depression; and
    • mental breakdown, even suicide. (Worker safety magazine Hazards estimates there could be as many as 250 work-related suicides each year.)
  • Your behaviour:
    • alcohol/substance misuse; and
    • social isolation.
  • Your body:
    • digestion problems;
    • diarrhoea;
    • vomiting; and
    • stomach ulcers.
  • Your immune system:
    • lowered resistance to infections;
    • chronic asthma;
    • chronic dermatitis; and
    • possible increased risk of cancer.
  • Your heart:
    • heart disease;
    • heart attack;
    • stroke; and
    • hypertension.


Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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