Are you the type of person who equates the word “stress” with “success”?

Then you may be what experts are calling a “stress seeker.” According to the American Psychological Association, the number of people who say they’re “highly stressed” has jumped 25-percent in recent years, and for a growing number of people, being stressed is a way of life they actually cherish!

Why? Experts say for some people it’s a moral issue. They think that if they’re not multi-tasking every second, then they’re being lazy, and “useless” to society.

For others, stress seeking may be a form of addiction. Because research has shown that stress stimulates the release of adrenaline, and some people get so hooked on that adrenaline rush, that they feel like they need to be constantly stressed to feel truly “alive.”

Also know this: Psychologists say stress seeking tends to be more common with women. That’s because many women still feel like they need to prove they can do it all – by working longer hours, and still taking care of the home.

But it should go without saying that chronic stress seeking is dangerous because when you’re constantly stressed, the cortisol hormones flowing through your body will cause your cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels to skyrocket. That’ll ultimately weaken your immune system, which explains why two-thirds of all doctor visits are stress related.

So how can you stop being a “stress-seeker”? Simply cut back. Find something you can say “no” to so you can feel more in control of your life.

Experts say the rush you’ll feel from being in total control will deliver a healthier dose of euphoria than any “stress high.”