My Teacher Gave Me an Ulcer!

“Does STRESS cause stomach ulcers?” In a college health center, this is a question I hear fairly often, especially around midterms or finals. Certainly most of us have experienced stomach discomfort when we are anxious- whether that is nausea, cramping, diarrhea or pain- but the vast majority of people with those symptoms do not have actual ulcers. However, people who are stressed may have coping habits that CAN cause or trigger the development of ulcers, such as drinking too much alcohol (more than one drink/day for women, or more than 2 drinks/day for men) or frequent use of over the … Read more