- Muscle tension
- Substance abuse
- Crying spells
- Back pain
- High blood pressure
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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredSymptoms of stress include:
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredPhysical signs of stress include frequent headaches, difficulty sleeping, sore and stiff muscles, nausea or upset stomach, diarrhea or constipation, a general sense of fatigue, and increased susceptibility to illness. Mental symptoms of stress include an inability to concentrate, confusion, indecisiveness, and loss of your sense of humor. On an emotional level, stress can make us anxious, nervous, irritable, quick to anger, impatient, and depressed. Behaviors indicative of stress include fidgeting, pacing, or restlessness. However, you can also feel sluggish or avoid work because it seems too daunting.
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Elissa Epel, PhD, MS, Integrative Medicine, answered
Symptoms of stress can be nearly any biological or psychological reaction to a stressor, says Elissa Epel, PhD, associate professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. In this video, she explains.
Stress affects all aspects of normal human physiology and may impact one’s life in a myriad of ways, including the emotions, behaviors, thinking ability, and physical health. Because different people handle stress differently, symptoms of stress vary widely, and symptoms may be vague and mimic those caused by other medical conditions.
Emotional symptoms of stress include:
- Anxiety, nervousness, agitation, restlessness, feeling overwhelmed
- Irritability, anger, frustration, difficulty relaxing, constant worrying
- Feeling moody, sad, lonely, worthless, depressed, pessimistic or negative
- Procrastinating, lacking motivation, feeling forgetful and disorganized, having poor judgment
- Inability to focus, loss of focus, inattention at school or work, racing thoughts
- Social withdrawal, avoiding others or public places, frequent or wild mood swings
- Insomnia, difficulty with sleep, or non-restful or recuperative sleep
- Impotence, loss of sexual desire, diminished sexual drive, having low self-esteem
- Changes in appetite, either over-eating or under-eating, not eating or eating too much
- Tobacco use, drug or alcohol abuse
Physical symptoms of stress include:
- Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms, aches, pains, and muscle tension
- Chest pain, palpitations, and racing of the heart or rapid heartbeat
- Sudden onset of shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, anxiety attacks, panic attacks
- Light-headedness, faintness, dizziness, low energy and fatigue, problems with punctuality
- Upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, stomach pain, belching, and flatulence
- Frequent colds and infections, herpes sores, cold sores, fever blisters, rashes, itching, or hives
- Headaches, migraines, ringing in the ear, shaking and tremors, cold or sweaty hands and feet
- Frequent blushing and sweating, cold or sweaty hands and feet
- Dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, jaw-clenching, teeth-grinding, and jaw pain
- Stuttering or stammering, nail biting, fidgeting, or pacing, obsessive or compulsive behavior
John Preston, PsyD, Psychology, answeredMost people can recognize the symptoms of stress: tension, feeling overwhelmed, anxiety, anger, frustration, and weight fluctuations due to increase or decrease in appetite. We also have physical reactions to stress: for some, it's neck tension and stomach distress; for others it's headaches, back spasms, sleeping difficulty, reduced libido, and constant fatigue.
Chronic stress can lead not only to the symptoms above but also to more acute and chronic problems, such as heart disease and hypertension.
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Kathleen Hall, Preventive Medicine, answered
There are physical, emotional and relational symptoms. Physical symptoms can be headaches, back pain, GI problems, (diarrhea, upset stomach, reflux), trouble sleeping, weight loss or weight gain, or chronic fatigue. Emotional symptoms can be depression, moodiness, overreactions, anxiety or anger and tantrums. Relational symptoms are withdrawal from friends and family, anger/tantrums, overreactions or more arguments.
Bill Salt, MD, Gastroenterology, answeredThe symptoms of stress ape other symptoms. Stress may be behind your headache, stomachache, lack of energy, and lower productivity. Its symptoms affect your thought processes, feelings, behaviors, and all of your body parts. You may not recognize the source of the problem, but you need to identify stress related issues in your life and take steps to deal with them.
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Trevor Wicken - NASM Elite Trainer, NASM Elite Trainer, Fitness, answered
Signs that you are most likely under stress that is detrimental to your well-being include:
- Anxiety, Fear, Worry
- Insomnia or Fatigue
- Depression, Anger, Irritated
- Negativity, Poor Concentration, Forgetfulness
- Relationship Problems
- Stiff Neck
- Back Pain
- Constipation or Diarrhea
- Weight Gain or Loss
Long term continuous activation of stress-response system disrupts almost ALL body’s processes. Physiological Conditions/Symptoms that result from continuous stress may include:
- Suppresses Immune System—Increases susceptibility to colds and infections
- Infections = Inflammation: Chronic systemic inflammation contributes to development o f many degenerative diseases
- Panic Attacks
- Chronic Cortisol = Brain Structural Damage
- Sleep Disturbances
- Loss of Sex Drive
- Increase HR and BP
- Increased blood triglycerides
- Increases risk of heart attacks and stroke
Harris McIlwain, Pain Medicine, answeredCommon symptoms of too much stress include:
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- back pain
- chest pain or tightness
- heart palpitations
- irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- inability to relax
- inability to concentrate
- irregular menstrual periods
- loss of sexual function
- loss of sexual desire
- mood swings
- neck pain
- no energy
- rapid pulse
- short temper
- short-term memory loss
- weight gain or loss
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answered
Stress symptoms vary greatly from one person to the next, but in addition to feeling pressured or overwhelmed, other symptoms include physical complaints such as stomachaches, headaches, and diarrhea. Some people have problems getting along with others when they are highly stressed. You might notice changes in behavior at home such as temper outbursts, unexplained anger, or crying for no reason. In addition, you might have regression or behavior that is not age-appropriate. Sleep patterns change under great stress and may cause nightmares or sleeping too much or too little. You may notice your personality taking on a change as you become more withdrawn or suddenly need more attention.
Talk to a close friend or significant other about your behavior. See if they have noticed a difference in your personality or how you are handling stress. Then see your VA doctor or mental health expert to talk about your life and ways to make changes in how you manage life’s stressors.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Intermountain Healthcare answeredPay attention to your body. Learn to recognize these symptoms of stress.
- sleeping too little or too much
- nervous habits like nail-biting or foot-tapping
- decreased sex drive
- teeth grinding
- irritability or impatience
- crying over minor incidents
- dreading going to work or other activities
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- migraine or tension headaches
- digestive problems like heartburn or diarrhea
- shallow breathing or sighing
- cold or sweaty palms
- muscular tension and aches in the jaw, neck, back, or shoulders