HEALTHY LIVING
08/02/2013 10:45 am ET Updated Aug 02, 2013

When Is Quitting Your Job The Answer To Workplace Stress? (VIDEO)

Stress at work is normal, but for some, anxiety at the office becomes so overwhelming that it may seem like quitting is the only way to stay sane.

But when is quitting the answer and when should we just stick it out? HuffPost Live's Caitlyn Becker spoke with a couple of stress experts to find out.

The first step is figuring out whether work really is the stressor that's causing so much trouble, according to stress management expert Paula Davis-Laack.

"It's important for everyone to start to identify the root cause of stress for them, because sometimes it's maybe coming from something else and it's just manifested at work because maybe work isn't going the way you wanted it to," she said.

But if work is in fact the root of stress, the potential health consequences make it essential to address the problem --immediately. Emergency room physician Dr. Carol J. Scott warned that if tension continues to build without resolution, "you're going to have a response to stress in a biologic way." In extreme cases, that could mean a heart attack or changing metabolism that raises glucose levels and risk of diabetes.

"There is definitely a stress-health connection," she said.

Watch the full segment on workplace stress at HuffPost Live HERE.

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