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Symptoms of Stress

The feeling and emotion of stress affects people in different ways, and everyone has a different way of dealing with stressful situations and emotions. The chemicals that are released by your body as a result of stress can cause a number of different symptoms and if allowed to build up over time they can cause a range of harmful effects. Common characteristics displayed by high scorers on the stress scale as part of the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Test including feeling:

  • Over-aroused, tense
  • Unable to relax
  • Touchy, easily upset
  • Irritable
  • Easily startled
  • Nervy, jumpy, fidgety
  • Intolerant of interruption or delay

More specifically, stress can result in symptoms mentally, physically, emotionally and behaviourally. Below are some of the common stress responses that are displayed by stress sufferers.

Mental Symptoms

  • Depression or anxiety
  • Changes in behaviour
  • Food cravings
  • Lack of appetite
  • Frequent crying
  • Feeling tired
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Being more indecisive
  • Finding it hard to concentrate
  • Suffering loss of memory
  • Feeling inadequate
  • Having low self esteem
  • Taking no interest in life
  • Losing your sense of humour

Physical Symptoms

  • Chest pains
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Cramps or muscle spasms,
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting spells
  • Nail biting
  • Nervous twitches
  • Pins and needles
  • Feeling restless,
  • A tendency to sweat,
  • Sexual difficulties such as erectile dysfunction or a loss of sexual desire
  • Breathlessness
  • Muscular aches
  • Tiredness
  • Indigestion and nausea
  • Headaches
  • Palpitations

Behavioural Symptoms

  • Finding it hard to sleep
  • Changing your eating habits
  • Smoking or drinking more
  • Avoiding friends and family
  • Having sexual problems
  • Exercising less
  • Inability to show true feelings
  • Avoiding difficult situations
  • Denying there's a problem

Emotional Symptoms

  • Getting irritable or angry
  • Being anxious
  • Feeling numb
  • Being hypersensitive
  • Feeling drained and listless
  • Feeling neglected

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