Are You Stress?
Stress can be bad for your health, it's subjective but I'm talking about the "bad stress" Stress is difficult for sci...
Stress can be bad for your health, it's subjective but I'm talking about the "bad stress"
Stress is difficult for scientists to define because it is a highly subjective phenomenon that differs for each of us. Things that are distressful for some individuals can be pleasurable for others. We also respond to stress differently. Some people blush, some eat more while others grow pale or eat less. There are numerous physical as well as emotional responses as illustrated by the following list of some 50 common signs and symptoms of stress.
|1. Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or|
|26. Insomnia, nightmares, disturbing|
|2. Gritting, grinding teeth||27. Difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts|
|3. Stuttering or stammering||28. Trouble learning new information|
|4. Tremors, trembling of lips, hands||29. Forgetfulness, disorganization,|
|5. Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms||30. Difficulty in making decisions.|
|6. Light headedness, faintness, dizziness||31. Feeling overloaded or overwhelmed.|
|7. Ringing, buzzing or "popping sounds||32. Frequent crying spells or suicidal|
|8. Frequent blushing, sweating||33. Feelings of loneliness or worthlessness|
|9. Cold or sweaty hands, feet||34. Little interest in appearance,|
|10. Dry mouth, problems swallowing||35. Nervous habits, fidgeting, feet tapping|
|11. Frequent colds, infections, herpes sores||36. Increased frustration, irritability,|
|12. Rashes, itching, hives, "goose bumps"||37. Overreaction to petty annoyances|
|13. Unexplained or frequent "allergy"|
|38. Increased number of minor accidents|
|14. Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea||39. Obsessive or compulsive behavior|
|15. Excess belching, flatulence||40. Reduced work efficiency or productivity|
|16. Constipation, diarrhea||41. Lies or excuses to cover up poor work|
|17. Difficulty breathing, sighing||42. Rapid or mumbled speech|
|18. Sudden attacks of panic||43. Excessive defensiveness or|
|19. Chest pain, palpitations||44. Problems in communication, sharing|
|20. Frequent urination||45. Social withdrawal and isolation|
|21. Poor sexual desire or performance||46. Constant tiredness, weakness, fatigue|
|22. Excess anxiety, worry, guilt,|
|47. Frequent use of over-the-counter drugs|
|23. Increased anger, frustration, hostility||48. Weight gain or loss without diet|
|24. Depression, frequent or wild mood|
|49. Increased smoking, alcohol or drug use|
|25. Increased or decreased appetite||50. Excessive gambling or impulse buying|
As demonstrated in the above list, stress can have wide ranging effects on emotions, mood and behavior. Equally important but often less appreciated are effects on various systems, organs and tissues all over the body, as illustrated by the following diagram.