'Hurry Sickness' Hits
21st Century Rat Race
LONDON (Reuters) - If you fly into a rage at the sight of a traffic jam or get impatient waiting for e-mails to download, you could be suffering from ``hurry sickness.''
People living in the fast lane are falling prey to a 21st century epidemic that leaves them feeling constant pressure to find time to fit everything into their day, according to a report Monday in Health and Fitness magazine.
Jacqueline Atkinson, a psychologist at the University of Glasgow, blamed the sickness on new technology that makes it harder for people to maintain a sense of control.
She said sufferers tended to refer to their collective symptoms as ``hurry sickness'' rather than face up to the social stigma that they were just stressed.
``It is not possible to function every minute of the day and the idea that we can go on and on is a myth,'' Atkinson said.
``Sometimes just stopping and going away for the weekend is useful but at other times you need a complete break,'' she added.


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