When does stress become stress syndrome? ...when there is no possible way of terminating the threat that is creating the stress. As long as the danger remains constant, the body remains in a state of defensive arousal, and when this situation is prolonged and becomes chronic, stress syndrome ensues. Most real dangers are sharply circumscribed. When an antelope is being chased by a lion, it either escapes or is eaten. Either way the situation is quickly resolved.
However, when threats are self-generated, when the threat comes from within us and is rooted in our immune system, our conditioning or our ideas about ourselves, it cannot be resolved. This is when we find continually defending against things that are not really survival threats. (We all know people whose external circumstances are enviable, who are subject to little or no visible threat, yet who are continually "stressed out". Their threats are self-generated.)
Constant defensiveness creates a continual state of stress, and continual stress turns into that which physicians and psychologists call stress syndrome, i.e. a cascade of physical and psychological symptoms and in extreme cases, a complete breakdown of health. Allergies, autoimmune disorders, and all manner of mental and physical disturbances can result from or be worsened by stress syndrome.
There are three possible ways of handling self-generated threats; avoiding the situations that create them, reducing a response to them (through drugs, exercise, meditation or the like on to) or clearing the identity confusion that activates them. As to the first option, it is almost impossible to avoid all situations, physical and psychological, that trigger us. Not only is it impossible, but the attempt to do so will constrict our lives, often to an intolerable degree. As for the second option, these tools work at least partially, but they create dependencies.
It is only the third option, clearing the memories that form the boundaries of our identities, that works permanently and has no disadvantages. This is the conscious way of alleviating stress, the psychonoetic way. However, most people, even in the mental health professions, are unaware of both the possibility of clearing memories and the techniques of doing so.
External threats continually arrive in life and are dealt with and forgotten. However, oftentimes threats are not real, but a product of misinterpretations, whether physical or psychological. In these cases, we are continually generating our own threats through our perceptual distortions. We can never mount an adequate defense to these threats (and thus end them), because we continually recreate them. Instead, we remain caught in an endless loop of threat and defense, a state that leads to the psychological and adrenal exhaustion of stress syndrome.
By clearing memories, we correct our perceptions and prevent ourselves from developing a stress response. In these circumstances psychonoetic memory release can eliminate stress at its source, not only improving the quality of our lives, but also forestalling the development of chronic and debilitating illnesses.