Signs and Symptoms of Stress

We all respond differently to stress. Some people blush, some eat more while others grow pale or eat less. The signs and symptoms of stress overload can be almost anything. Stress affects the mind, body and behavior in many ways, and everyone experiences stress differently.

The most important thing is to recognize that stress can easily seep in, and we may get used to it, and it may feel normal. You don’t notice how much it is affecting you even when it is wrecking your health and life. The following table lists some of the common warning signs and symptoms of stress. The more signs and symptoms you notice in yourself, the closer you may be to stress overload.

Signs and Symptoms of Stress Overload:
Cognitive Symptoms Emotional Symptoms
  • Memory problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor judgment
  • Seeing only the negative
  • Anxious or racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying
  • Feeling insecure
  • Burnout
  • Irritability or short temper
  • Agitation, inability to relax
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Sense of loneliness and isolation
  • Depression or general unhappiness
  • Mood swings
  • Resentment
  • Guilt
Physical Symptoms Behavioral Symptoms
  • Aches and pains
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Nausea, dizziness
  • Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
  • Frequent colds
  • High blood pressure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Clenched jaws
  • Tooth Grinding
  • Increased sweating
  • Tiredness
  • Sleep problems
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Sex problems
  • Skin breakouts
  • Eating more or less
  • Angry outbursts
  • Crying spells
  • Relationship conflicts
  • Decreased productivity
  • Blaming others
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Isolating yourself from others
  • Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
  • Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
  • Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)

Please remember that the signs and symptoms of stress can also be caused by other psychological and medical problems. If you’re experiencing any of the warning signs of stress, it’s important to see a doctor for a full evaluation. Your doctor can help you determine whether or not your symptoms are stress-related.

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