Stress

Recently Answered

  • 3 Answers
    A
    Early signs of stress can be both physical and emotional. Each individual has a different reaction to stress so there are many different, sometimes opposite experiences that can be described. Symptoms include but are not limited to sleep disturbances, heart palpitations, muscle aches or tension, appetite changes, fatigue, changes in energy level, or even worsening of existing health issues. Emotionally one may become more easily frustrated or on edge and one might have a more difficult time completing tasks.
    See All 3 Answers
  • 2 Answers
    A
    A answered
    Stress doesn't just affect your thoughts, moods and behavior. It also spurs the release of several hormones in the body that can cause both physical and mental problems.

    Increases in the stress hormone cortisol, for example, can lead to a number of problems, big and small. High levels of cortisol do the following things:
    • cause excess oil production that can trigger skin breakouts
    • slow your body's metabolism, which affects how much glucose is absorbed into your bloodstream, leading to spikes in insulin that can cause you to store abdominal fat
    • create irregular menstrual cycles by suppressing production of estrogen and progesterone, which can make it difficult to conceive
    • in combination with adrenaline, can cause high blood pressure, a condition that can result in irregular heartbeat and constricted blood flow and may eventually lead to heart disease
    Ever notice that when you're feeling tension, your muscles stiffen? This does more than induce poor posture. Tense neck muscles can lead to tension headaches. And muscles aren't the only things that seize up when you're stressed.

    Your digestive system may also slow down. Certain kinds of stress cause your body to go into fight or flight mode, diverting energy away from all functions that are not immediately essential, such as breaking down that meal you just ate.

    Finally, if stress levels aren't kept in check, they can potentially hinder the growth of cells in the hippocampus area of the brain. In addition to creating a feeling of stress and anxiety, this can contribute to feelings of depression.

    Luckily, there are relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga and tai chi that you can employ to help calm body and mind. Research shows that mindful meditation, a type of yoga that focuses on meditation and breathing techniques, can lower the levels of stress hormone cortisol in the body.
    See All 2 Answers
  • 1 Answer
    A
    A , Preventive Medicine, answered
    A common scenario is when one person in a work environment infects everyone with contagious stress. Contagious stress is a real phenomenon that has been studied in Europe for many years. Stress in a corporation can literally spread like a pandemic. For example, one person might spread rumors about layoffs because of cost cuts, and then fear spreads like wildfire through the company, setting off a panic. Studies have even located the places where these "stress viruses" originate, usually in restrooms or near a coffeepot.

    We all know what it is like to go into work in a good mood and feel ourselves brought down or irritated by the office grump, gossip, or arrogant critic. This is no small factor within a corporation. Unchecked, it can wreak havoc with the optimism, productivity, and mood of a company.
  • 11 Answers
    A
    A , Internal Medicine, answered
    Physical 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.
    See All 11 Answers
  • 2 Answers
    A
    A , Psychology, answered
    Dr. Tamar Chansky - What are signs of stress in my kids?

    No two kids show stress the same way, but there are some telltale signs parents can rely on. In this video, psychologist Dr. Tamar Chansky, who specializes in anxiety, discusses common red flags of stress in children.


    See All 2 Answers
  • 4 Answers
    A
    A , Adolescent Medicine, answered

    To evaluate your child’s stress you must first…

    • have a close relationship with him so that you can identify his challenges and stressful predicament more promptly and accurately; 
    • have an openness to understanding and listening to your child’s expressed needs, concerns and emotions; 
    • have the keenness of mind in observing your child’s actions, attitudes, behaviors, choices, decisions and expectations.

    See All 4 Answers
  • 1 Answer
    A
    A Nursing, answered on behalf of
    The early warning system for emotional stress is in the body. Observing the patterns of stress symptoms in your body can help you detect emotionally stressful situations quickly.

    Symptoms vary from person to person yet tend to be consistent in each of us. Are you prone to headaches, backaches or stomachaches? Perhaps you feel shakiness in your arms, legs, abdomen, stomach or heart. Temperature changes such as heat or coolness, sweaty palms or feet, can also be signals that something is not quite right in a situation.

    Once you identify your unique body reactions to stress, you can take action to address the early emotional stress symptoms before the reaction becomes unbearable or debilitating or before you say or do something you may regret.

    Emotions are neither good nor bad; they are an early warning system that alerts you to danger. De-stressing your emotions requires awareness. Pay attention to your emotional symptoms rather than ignoring, judging, wishing them away or medicating them. This is the first step in understanding and taking action to reduce emotional stress.

    Your body, based on past experiences, picks up subtle signs in a situation that alert you to danger. When some element in a situation reminds the body of a danger experienced in the past, it sends an immediate message to the nervous system. The stress response makes the body ready for battle or ready to run. This is your unique fight, flight or freeze response. The response activates your nervous system, making you physically ready to handle the dangerous situation.

    The body readies a physical response, even when the danger is about an emotional fear. Fear of disappointment, lack of recognition, making a mistake or other emotionally charged feelings can summon the physical fear response. The sooner you recognize your fear response, the sooner you can address it and return your body to a relaxed state.

    Being on red alert for long periods of time wears out the body. Some examples of long-term emotional wear and tear include ulcers, headaches, backaches, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.
  • 1 Answer
    A
    A , Health Education, answered

    It’s important to identify the sources of stress in your life so that you can try to avoid or reduce them. External sources of stress include work pressures, family relationships, and financial worries.

    There is also self-generated stress in people with type A behavior, which is characterized by a fiercely competitive spirit and unrealistic self-imposed expectations. Type A behavior can kill. It is a significant risk factor for coronary heart disease as well.
  • 1 Answer
    A
    A answered
    Some signs that you may want to learn ways to better manage stress include:
    • Cancer is the first thing that is thought about every morning and last thing every night
    • Minor aches and pains become frightening and upsetting
    • You think that cancer has changed your life too much and you can't figure out how to manage your life now.
    • It feels like no one understands -- not even loved ones and friends.
  • 1 Answer
    A
    A , Psychology, answered

    Know Your Child's Stress Signs Each kid responds differently, but the key is to identify your child's physical behavioral or emotions signs before he is on overload. A clue is to look for behaviors that are not typical for your child.

    Physical Stress Signs

    Headache and neck aches
    Nausea and stomachache
    Sweaty palms
    lightheadedness
    Bedwetting
    Trouble sleeping
    Change in appetite
    Frequent colds
    fatigue

    Emotional or Behavior Stress Signs

    New or reoccurring fears and worries
    Trouble concentrating
    Irritability
    Withdrawing from things she loves
    Moodiness, whining or sulking
    Nail biting; hair twirling; thumb-sucking
    Acting out, tantrums
    Regression
    Clinging, suddenly more dependent

     

    Once you discover your child's stress signs, point them out so he learns them as well. "When you get tense you clench your fists." "Have you noticed that whenever you worry you get a headache?"