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As students head back to class, local expert says not all stress is bad

Students walk by lockers at Lakeside Academy school in the Montreal borough of Lachine, Friday, April 11, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

HALIFAX – With classes starting back up this week, students may be a little more stressed than usual.

But according to a local mental health expert, that’s not always a bad thing.

Dalhousie psychiatry professor Dr. Stan Kutcher says it’s important not to blow things out of proportion, especially in regards to stress.

He tells NEWS 95.7 that not all stress is bad.

“If it’s a problem, we use the word anxiety to describe it,” said Kutcher. “When actually, those are the kinds of things we find with excitement, those are the kinds of things we feel with anticipation, and those are the kinds of signals our bodies give us when we think about exploring new things.”

In regards to bullying, Kutcher says there is an important difference between bullying and conflict or disagreement among students.

He recommends students take time to understand what stress response is, and believes young people should make an attempt to see the positives associated with their stress.

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