Frequently Asked Questions

How can I tell if stress is a problem in my life?

Stress can be a positive force in life. But too much stress for a long period of time can be a problem. It can lead to poor health, strained relationships at home and work, and mental and emotional problems.

Answer the following questions honestly. The more check marks you tally up, the greater the likelihood that stress is a problem.

Signs of stress in your personal, home or family life
In the past 12 months, have you experienced any of the following events?

  • The death of a close family member or close friend
  • A marriage, divorce, marital separation or the end of a long-term relationship
  • A change in the number of arguments you’ve had with your spouse or significant other
  • An addition to your family through birth or adoption
  • Returned to or finished school
  • Had a serious argument with a close friend
  • Had a significant change in your financial status
  • Moved into a new home
  • Assumed a new mortgage or loan
  • Experienced an outstanding personal achievement
  • Spent time in jail (you or a family member)

Signs of Stress at Work
In the past 12 months, have you experienced any of the following events?

  • Been fired or laid off from a job (you or your significant other)
  • Changed employers or careers
  • Got a promotion, reassignment or change in responsibilities (you or your significant other)
  • Missed work because you felt overwhelmed
  • Started working a different shift
  • Conflict with your boss or a co-worker

Other Signs of Stress
In the past 12 months, have you experienced any of the following events?

  • Had a major personal injury or been diagnosed with a chronic illness
  • Become pregnant
  • Quit or started smoking
  • Started using alcohol or other drugs more frequently
  • Experienced a change in your eating or sleeping habits
  • Entered treatment for a mental health problem or alcohol or other drug problem
  • Noticed that you’re getting more forgetful or have difficulty concentrating

Stress Management
Most stress management techniques fall into one of four categories:

  • Physical/mental/relaxation techniques
  • Time management/organization skills
  • Assertiveness skills
  • Goal-setting and prioritizing

Just talking about your problems sometimes leads to new solutions. If you or someone you know needs information, guidance or help, call our Respond program at 1-800-366-1132. Respond offers confidential, caring assessments and referrals for individuals dealing with problems related to mental health issues and substance abuse. If you or a loved one are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 immediately.