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How Stressed Is Ireland?

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A new RTE documentary starting tonight will shed light on the impact of stress on Irish people.

Presented by writer and Irish Times columnist Jennifer O’Connell, and featuring neuroscientist Professor Ian Roberston, ‘Stressed’, a two-part series, will reveal the results of an all-Ireland study examining the effects of stress.

According to Jennifer, “Some stress is unavoidable. A certain amount of it, at the right moment and for short periods, can even help us to get stuff done. But chronic stress is an insidious beast. It wreaks havoc on our sleep, our mood, our faculty for making good decisions, our ability to relate to others and their problems. Exposure to it in the long term is linked to heart disease, depression and type 2 diabetes. And yet, we live in a culture that venerates stress.”

A group of volunteers will have their stress levels measured, and contributing experts will come up with a range of suggestions to counteract the negative effects.

Watch a video clip of the series here:

Stressed
RTÉ One, Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th, 9.35pm

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