The notion of "stress" is a recent topic in medicine's history, although research on the psychological impacts of mental pressure on individuals began soon after World War 1, (when new kinds of psychological syndromes were witnessed in soldiers subjected to heavy bombing in the trenches – now known under the acronym of PTSD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder “ – see “PTSD” in “Brain surgery & Neurology” section).

Dr. Hans Selye, a renowned endocrinologist, who published "The stress of Life", formally introduced the concept in 1956, while major in-depth studies truly began at the end of the 70s.

“Stress” is the body's reaction to pressure, strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances experienced within the environment. According to the medical definition, stress is a complex sequence of events causing physiological and psychosomatic reactions. This sequence of events, and the individual's reaction, is what is known as “stress”.

In everyday language, we speak of positive stress (eustress) or negative stress (distress). Stress is not to be confused with anxiety, which is an emotion, wheras stress is a response mechanism that can provoke a series of emotions, including anxiety.

Even today, stress continues to be researched and finding an efficient remedy, while limiting the amount of undesirable side effects, remains the ultimate goal.  The difficulty lies in the absence of precise evaluation markers and that each individual can react differently to an identical source of stress. 

The C3Medical check-up uses a set of reliable biological markers combined with a psychological evaluation, performed by a team of qualified doctors, pioneers for decades in the field of “management of personal stress”.

Thanks to techniques they have developed through studies of individuals under intense sources of pressure (eg. CEOs, celebrities, fighting forces – see PTSD in “Caring Complex Pathologies -, Neurology”), these experts will evaluate the level of “stress” and then provide precise and precious advice, helping to limit the effects of the pressure on both physical and mental health.