First of all, you have to know that people react differently to stress so the physical effects can be different for each of us. That said, it’s the same thing for the emotional and psychological effects.
The American Institute of Stress has compiled a List of the 50 common signs and symptoms of stress. Let’s take a look at some of them, which are, to my personal opinion, the most common:
- 1. Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or pain.
- 5. Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms.
- 14. Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea.
- 16. Constipation, diarrhea.
- 19. Chest pain, palpitations.
- 22. Excess anxiety, worry, guilt, and nervousness.
- 23. Increased anger, frustration, and hostility.
- 24. Depression, frequent or wild mood swings.
- 29. Forgetfulness, disorganization, confusion.
- 31. Feeling overloaded or overwhelmed.
- 46. Constant tiredness, weakness, fatigue.
You are surprised of presenting some of the above-mentioned symptoms? Maybe you are experiencing problems dealing with stress without realizing it because stress has become a way of life for you..
Although human body is designed to experience and react to stress, it becomes problematic when it has to face continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between them. It has been proven that distress leads to physical/psychological/emotional symptoms but many studies suggest it can also bring or worsen certain symptoms or diseases. In fact, studies have shown chronic stress worsens neurodegenerative disease course and can increase the risk of developing depression if you aren’t coping with the stress well. Furthermore, it has been proven stress is one of the triggers of the asthma attacks and can also affect many skin disorders such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.
Considering all the negative effects stress can have on your health and well-being, you must learn to recognize when your stress levels are out of control. It’s important to know your own limits, and imperatively, to respect them. In the next post we’ll see how you can have a better control on your well-being by efficiently managing stress in your daily life.
HALL-FLAVIN, Daniel, MD (Mayo Clinic – February 26, 2010). Can chronic stress cause depression? (Online) http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress/AN01286
PHYSORG.COM (December 11, 2006). Psych stress can worsen skin disorders (Online) http://www.physorg.com/news85073987.html
STOPPLER, Melissa Conrad, MD (MedicineNet.com – 12/1/2006). Stress Q&A by Dr. Stoppler (Online) http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=77868
The American Institute of Stress. The effects of Stress (Online) http://www.stress.org/topic-effects.htm and http://www.stress.or/Effects_of_stress.htm?AIS=fa9b913bee36e3d3a637fe8270673982
WEBmd (article reviewed by Amal Chakrabutty, MD – March 08, 2010). The Effects of Stress on your Body (Online) http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/effects-of-stress-on-your-body