Stress is in medical terms a condition characterized by physiological reactions and symptoms initiated by stressors. The physiological reactions increase the tone in the sympathetic nervous system, change metabolism in a catabolic direction and stimulate immunological reactions. The effect on health is dependent on the strength and duration of the stressors, how the situation is perceived, the resources of the individual, and to what extend coping succeeds. An increase in the prevalence of reported stress in the working population in Denmark has occurred from 1987 (8%) to 2005 (12%).
Ugeskrift for Laeger, 2012, Vol 174, Issue 4, p. 192-4