19 January 2012

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 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.

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