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What is stress?

Stress is the state of responses that occurs when a person encounters a situation that exceeds his/her ability to cope. It is the interaction between the person and the environment.

The concept of "stress" includes both the event that causes stress (stressor) and the person's reactions to the stressor (stress response). A stress response that occurs over a long period of time is a stress symptom.

Source:iKapa, Introduction to CBT Manual by Professor Per Carlbring

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