Triggered occasionally, the stress response serves us well. We can be more productive with a certain level of stress. Unfortunately, in an era when "threats" come from all directions (e.g., blaring car alarms, long traffic jams, demanding employers, financial problems, and rude people), we tend to overactivate the response, and stress becomes distress.
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Kathleen Hall, Preventive Medicine, answeredStress becomes distress when it creates suffering in your life and of those you love. Stress also becomes distress when it interferes with your career and your mental or physical health and well being. When stress stops you from living the life you desire it has become a distress.
Mia Redrick, , answered
Stress is anything that creates a high level of tension, so we all have circumstances that create natural stressors for us. Not all stress is bad, but when it gets to the point of becoming distress, then we need to take action.
Distress results from a prolonged period of stress and tension. Distress is marked by physiological and emotional responses to the stressors, like hair falling out, headaches, lack of appetite, frequent crying, etc. Distress happens when you can't get past whatever you are dealing with. When you begin experiencing these physiological and emotional responses, it's time to seek out a professional to help you with whatever is stressing you out. Help can come in the form of a counselor or psychologist, or it can be a more specific type of help for the situation you're in, like a financial advisor if your problems are caused by money issues.
Raychelle Lohmann, MS, LPC, Psychology, answered
Clinically defined, stress is a physical, mental, or emotional factor that causes physical and psychological tension. Simply put, stress is the feeling of being overwhelmed or overloaded by real or perceived events. When stress begins to have an adverse effect on your relationships, everyday performance (academic/work) and/or physical health then it has become distress.
Here are some stress warning signs that might indicate a potential problem.
- Poor sleep
- Frequent headaches and/or gastrointestinal problems
- Anger outbursts
- Lack of concentration
- Increased levels of anxiety and/or panic episodes
- Overeating/Under eating
- Increased sadness
- Social withdraw
- Lack of motivation
Don’t let stress take a negative toll on your life. Find some positive outlets to work through your stress. Whether it's exercising, meditating, or just finding some alone time, learning effective coping skills will improve your physical and psychological health.
If stress is ruling (ruining) your life then seek out professional help. You'll feel better and more empowered when you get your life back in balance.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.