Symptoms of Stress

Symptoms of Stress

Because Stress is so unique to the individual because it is our unique perception that causes our Stress, there are many different symptoms of Stress and all who suffer from Stress also have their own unique symptoms, meaning that there are not a same set of symptoms that all people have when they are stressed.

Some physical symptoms of Anxiety disorder

Some common psychological effects of stress are:

  • ​irritability

  • resentment

  • feeling of powerlessness

  • Low self-esteem/low self-worth

  • Lack of interest in activities

  • mood swings

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Panic attacks

  • Feeling of guilt

  • Angry outbursts

  • Increased cynicism

  • Isolation/few close friends

  • Feeling overwhelmed

  • Unable to feel happy

  • Feeling of hopelessness

  • Frequent headaches

  • jaw clenching or pain

  • Gritting, grinding teeth

  • Stuttering or stammering

  • Tremors, trembling of lips, hands

  • Neck ache, back pain,

  • muscle spasms

  • Light headedness, faintness,

  • dizziness

  • Ringing, buzzing or “popping sounds

  • Frequent blushing, sweating

  • Cold or sweaty hands, feet

  • Dry mouth, problems swallowing

  • Frequent colds, infections,

  • herpes sores

  • Rashes, itching, hives,

  • “goose bumps”

  • Unexplained or frequent “allergy” attacks

  • Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea

  • Excess belching, flatulence

  • Constipation, diarrhea, loss of control

  • hyperventilating

  • sweaty palms

  • nervousness

  • stumbling over words

  • high blood pressure

  • lack of energy

  • dizziness, lightheartedness

  • fatigue

Cognitive signs of stress include:

  • mental slowness

  • confusion

  • Effects of stress on memory

  • general negative attitudes or thoughts

  • constant worry

  • your mind races at times

  • difficulty concentrating

  • forgetfulness

  • difficulty thinking in a logical sequence

  • the sense that life is overwhelming; you can’t problem-solve

  • Difficulty breathing, frequent sighing

  • Sudden attacks of life threatening panic

  • Chest pain, palpitations, rapid pulse

  • Frequent urination

  • Diminished sexual desire or performance

  • Excess anxiety, worry, guilt, nervousness

  • Increased anger, frustration, hostility

  • Depression, frequent or wild mood swings

  • Increased or decreased appetite

  • Insomnia, nightmares, disturbing dreams

  • Difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts

  • Trouble learning new information

  • Forgetfulness, disorganization, confusion

  • Difficulty in making decisions

  • Feeling overloaded or overwhelmed

  • Frequent crying spells or suicidal thoughts

  • Feelings of loneliness or worthlessness

  • Little interest in appearance, punctuality

  • Nervous habits, fidgeting, feet tapping

  • Increased frustration, irritability, edginess

  • Overreaction to petty annoyances

  • Increased number of minor accidents

  • Obsessive or compulsive behavior

  • Reduced work efficiency or productivity

  • Lies or excuses to cover up poor work

  • Rapid or mumbled speech

  • Excessive defensiveness or suspiciousness

  • Problems in communication, sharing

  • Social withdrawal and isolation

  • Constant tiredness, weakness, fatigue

  • Frequent use of over-the-counter drugs

  • Weight gain or loss without diet

  • Increased smoking, alcohol or drug use

  • Excessive gambling or impulse buying

  • sleep disturbance (insomnia)

  • clenched jaw

  • grinding teeth

  • digestive upsets

  • lump in your throat

  • difficulty swallowing

  • agitated behavior, like twiddling your fingers

  • playing with your hair

  • increased heart rate

  • general restlessness

  • sense of muscle tension in your body, or actual muscle twitching

  • non-cardiac chest pains

Emotional signs of stress include:

  • irritation

  • no sense of humor

  • frustration

  • jumpiness, overexcitability

  • feeling overworked

  • feeling overwhelmed

  • sense of helplessness

  • apathy

Behavioral signs of stress include:

  • decreased contact with family and friends

  • poor work relations

  • sense of loneliness

  • decreased sex drive

  • avoiding others and others avoid you because you’re cranky

  • failing to set aside times for relaxation through activities such as hobbies, music, art or reading

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