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Old 11-14-2013, 01:25 AM
 
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National Geographic's Stress: The Portrait of A Killer (2008) was one of my favorite documentaries.


Stress damages your DNA, specifically the telomeres (end of chromosomes). The telomeres hold information. Stress causes them to unwind and the only way to get them to wind back is through happiness.

I personally believe this is the link between couples of special needs children. It doesn't necessarily have to be the mom, it can be passed from the dad, too. Society is WAY more stressful than it was previously. More people suffer from depression and anxiety now more than ever. We're stressed out about bills, appearance, weight, friendships, relationships, and careers.
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Old 11-16-2013, 02:33 AM
 
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Society is WAY more stressful than it was previously. More people suffer from depression and anxiety now more than ever. We're stressed out about bills, appearance, weight, friendships, relationships, and careers.
I do totally believe that stress is a killer and now more than ever since I just got a devastating dx on Thursday and that after 5 years of the unrelenting stress of divorce, losing mom and g-ma, getting knifed at work and then dealing with a sociopath who almost got me fired, having a stalker, etc. Then recently I got a new job and had to move everything and kids off to college and stress is the new normal for me.

However, I would like to take issue with the comment about people in earlier times--not that I know, but we do tend to put on our rose colored glasses when we look at times past and truth is when you look at history they had plenty as well. I came out of a graveyard bawling my eyes out one day over the 4 tiny graves of sibs who'd died in one week's time about 100 years ago. No doubt it was something we vaccinate for these days. Husbands who died and left widows with nothing to live on. The Irish Potato Famine. Getting kicked off your land in England in the 1700's to make room for sheep and then you have nowhere to go and no skills to earn a living somewhere else. And then as stressful as divorce can be, all I have to say is thank God we have that option. The Civil War. Sleeping with all the windows closed on a 90 degree night b/c you're so worried about Indians scalping your family, and if you were an Indian, you were getting kicked off the land and walking the Trail of Tears. Just getting the news that people over in the next village are dying from the plague. Well I could just go on and on. Worrying about careers, appearance, and weight are issues reserved for those with nothing worse to worry about. Not that I'm putting us down, but that doesn't compare to how a family would feel who just lost 4 children in one week and not one thing they could do about it.
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Old 11-16-2013, 03:29 AM
 
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I do totally believe that stress is a killer and now more than ever since I just got a devastating dx on Thursday and that after 5 years of the unrelenting stress of divorce, losing mom and g-ma, getting knifed at work and then dealing with a sociopath who almost got me fired, having a stalker, etc. Then recently I got a new job and had to move everything and kids off to college and stress is the new normal for me.

However, I would like to take issue with the comment about people in earlier times--not that I know, but we do tend to put on our rose colored glasses when we look at times past and truth is when you look at history they had plenty as well. I came out of a graveyard bawling my eyes out one day over the 4 tiny graves of sibs who'd died in one week's time about 100 years ago. No doubt it was something we vaccinate for these days. Husbands who died and left widows with nothing to live on. The Irish Potato Famine. Getting kicked off your land in England in the 1700's to make room for sheep and then you have nowhere to go and no skills to earn a living somewhere else. And then as stressful as divorce can be, all I have to say is thank God we have that option. The Civil War. Sleeping with all the windows closed on a 90 degree night b/c you're so worried about Indians scalping your family, and if you were an Indian, you were getting kicked off the land and walking the Trail of Tears. Just getting the news that people over in the next village are dying from the plague. Well I could just go on and on. Worrying about careers, appearance, and weight are issues reserved for those with nothing worse to worry about. Not that I'm putting us down, but that doesn't compare to how a family would feel who just lost 4 children in one week and not one thing they could do about it.
Oh, wow! The getting knifed at work and sociopath issues really caught me off guard.

Yeah, back then was really harsh. Forget things like PTSD or anxiety, either you fought to live or you died. We're really lucky! Stress is what's killing us.
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