New Research Suggests Stress is Contagious

Updated: 04/28/2014 10:38 PM
Created: 04/28/2014 9:45 PM
By: Cassie Hart

We know that we can spread a cold or virus to another person, but what about catching a case of stress?

New research out Monday may surprise you. The goal of the research was to figure out if you can catch stress and if it has an effect on people's risk of stroke, heart attack, and depression.

Researchers say if you saw a person losing it, it could be damaging to one's psyche.

In a study by St. Louis University, a man is behaving like he's stressed out as another man named Van listens. Van’s heart rate is monitored, and sure enough it is elevated.

Doctors say you can catch stress from facial expressions, voice frequency, odor and touch.

You are also four times more likely to catch stress from someone you know, according to the study.

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