Culture The Most Stressful Life Events  

Dani Porter
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List Rules Vote up anything you have experienced and agree is highly stressful, vote down things that you didn't find to be that big of a deal.

List of the most stressful life events: ranked from most stressful to the least stressful. Things that cause stress in life usually come from your environment, relationships, work, health and social status. If things in these areas do not meet your expectations or are not going well, it can lead to anxiety. There are big, obvious causes of stress like death, divorce and losing your job, but small things--like a messy house--can make some people just as stressed out. If unchecked, stress and anxiety can affect your health and your behavior. Symptoms of stress include high blood pressure, obesity, sadness, changes in sex drive and social withdrawal. It's important to recognize when you are stressed out so that you can start to manage your stress. 

While you probably haven't experienced all of these common causes of stress, chances are that you have had to deal with stress at some point in your life. Vote for the stressful life events that you agree are really hard to handle and downvote anything that you think people make too big of a deal out of. Be sure to add to this list if anything was left off.  
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The Death of a Child is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
icoachfb added The Death of a Child

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292 26
Death of a Loved One is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Death of a Loved One

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190 15
Death of a Spouse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
DennisNJ added Death of a Spouse

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245 28
Serious Illness is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Serious Illness

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216 43
Losing Your Job is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Losing Your Job

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156 28
Serving Time in Jail is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Serving Time in Jail

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200 48
Divorce is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Divorce

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147 25
Child Custody Battle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
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163 48
Getting Bullied in School is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Getting Bullied in School

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157 52
A Relationship Breakup is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
A Relationship Breakup

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126 34
Death of a Pet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Death of a Pet

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142 45
Car Accident is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Car Accident

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140 50
Job Dissatisfaction is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Job Dissatisfaction

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126 46
Having a Baby is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having a Baby

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116 40
Important Exams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Important Exams

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113 39
Having a Heavy Workload is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having a Heavy Workload

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142 62
Moving to Another Home is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Moving to Another Home

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110 43
Facing Discrimination is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Facing Discrimination

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106 44
Having Unclear Expectations of... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having Unclear Expectations of Your Work

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87 34
Working Under Dangerous Condit... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Working Under Dangerous Conditions

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92 39
Changing Careers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Changing Careers

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97 45
Working Long Hours is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Working Long Hours

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110 61
Your Messy House is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Your Messy House

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60 22
Death is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
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47 19
Your Children Disowning You is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
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87 53
Commuting in Heavy Traffic is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Commuting in Heavy Traffic

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83 51
Selling a House is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Selling a House

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68 64
Planning a Wedding is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Planning a Wedding

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6 3
Back to School is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
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The Holidays is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
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Breaking Your Cock During Sex is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Breaking Your Cock During Sex

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30 40
Flat Tire is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
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49 75
Deciding Which College to Go T... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Deciding Which College to Go To

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43 68
Getting in a Fistfight is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Getting in a Fistfight

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44 81
Friends Who Always Cancel On Y... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Friends Who Always Cancel On You

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34 85
Retirement is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Retirement

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32 97
Having to Skip a Meal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Stressful Life Events
Having to Skip a Meal