Signs and Symptoms of Stress

Stress:  When in a stressful situation, your heart rate increases, breathing quickens, muscles tighten, and blood pressure rises.  The symptoms could also be related to a medical disorder so keeping your doctor involved and updated is recommended.

Cognitive and Behavioral:

  • Constant worrying
  • Your brain is racing
  • Disorganized or forgetful
  • Unable to focus
  • Poor judgment
  • Being negative or more pessimistic
  • Changes in appetite
  • Procrastinating
  • Using or increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes
  • Nervous behaviors like twitching, biting your nails, unable to sit still

   Emotional:

  • Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody
  • Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control
  • Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
  • Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed
  • Avoiding others

   Physical:

  • Low energy
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea
  • Aches, pains, and tense muscles
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent sickness
  • Lack of desire or unable to perform sexually
  • Nervousness and shaking
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Cold or sweaty hands and feet
  • Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
  • Clenched jaw and grinding teeth

Chronic Stress:  Our bodies are not designed to handle long term stress. Chronic stress can be the cause of or make serious health problems worse.  For this reason, consult with your physician and keep them informed if you feel you are under stress and/or chronic stress.

   Cognitive and Behavioral:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Personality disorders
  • Impotence and/or premature ejaculation in biological males
  • Loss of sexual desire in all genders
  • Memory and concentration impairment

   Emotional:

  • Irritability
  • Hostility
  • Frustration
  • Anger
  • Aggressive feelings and behavior
  • Decreased concern with punctuality
  • Obsessive/compulsive behavior (trying to cope with unwanted repeated thoughts or obsessions, by engaging in compulsive behavior rituals such as counting, checking, washing, etc.)
  • Reduced work efficiency or productivity
  • Lying or making excuses to cover up poor work
  • Excessive defensiveness or suspiciousness
  • Problems in communication
  • Socially withdrawn and isolated

   Physical:

  • Cardiovascular disease including heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Eating disorders
  • Menstrual problems in biological females
  • Impotence and/or premature ejaculation in biological males
  • Loss of sexual desire in all genders
  • Skin and hair problems i.e. acne, psoriasis, eczema, and permanent hair loss
  • Gastrointestinal problems i.e. heartburn, gastritis, ulcerative colitis, and irritable colon
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