What are the symptoms of stress?

What are the symptoms of stress?

Physical Symptoms

The physical symptoms outlined below may result from or be exacerbated by stress:

  • sleep disturbances
  • back, shoulder or neck pain
  • tension or migraine headaches
  • upset or acid stomach, cramps, heartburn, gas, irritable bowel syndrome
  • constipation, diarrhea
  • weight gain or loss, eating disorders
  • hair loss
  • muscle tension
  • fatigue
  • high blood pressure
  • irregular heartbeat, palpitations
  • asthma or shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • sweaty palms or hands
  • cold hands or feet
  • skin problems (hives, eczema, psoriasis, tics, itching)
  • periodontal disease, jaw pain
  • reproductive problems
  • immune system suppression: more colds, flu, infections
  • growth inhibition

Emotional symptoms

Like physical signs, emotional symptoms such as anxiety or depression can mask conditions other than stress. It is important to talk to a counselor or Physician to find out whether they are stress-related or not. In either case, the following emotional symptoms can affect your performance at work or school, your physical health, and your relationships with others:

  • nervousness, anxiety
  • depression, moodiness
  • "butterflies"
  • irritability, frustration
  • memory problems
  • lack of concentration
  • trouble thinking clearly
  • feeling out of control
  • substance abuse
  • phobias
  • overreactions

Relational symptoms

The antisocial behavior displayed in stressful situations can cause the rapid deterioration of relationships with family, friends, and co-workers. A person under stress may display signs such as:

  • increased arguments
  • isolation from social activities
  • conflict with co-workers or employer
  • frequent job changes
  • road rage
  • domestic or workplace violence
  • overreactions
stress tip

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