This term refers to the “bad” type of stress (the opposite of Eustress), and occurs when we have excessive adaptive demands placed upon us. This occurs when the demands upon us are so great that they lead to bodily and mental damage. Distress is damaging, excessive or pathogenic (disease producing) stress.
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Mohammed Looti, PSYCHOLOGICAL SCALES (2023) Distress. Retrieved from https://scales.arabpsychology.com/terms/distress/. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.31575.96163