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Recognizing the Signs of Stress

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Prolonged, uninterrupted, unexpected, and unmanageable stresses are the most damaging types of stress and can damage your mind, well being and your body.

Stress Signs and Stress Symptoms

Excess stress can manifest itself in a variety of emotional, behavioral, and even physical symptoms, and the symptoms of stress vary enormously among different individuals. Common somatic (physical) symptoms often reported by those experiencing excess stress include:

  • emotional and behavioral symptoms (e.g., include nervousness, anxiety, changes in eating habits including overeating, loss of enthusiasm or energy, and mood changes)
  • fatigue
  • insomnia
  • muscle tension
  • tension headaches
  • gastrointestinal disturbances
There is significant evidence that stress can cause or worsen various diseases or conditions. The following is just a short list:

There also is scientific evidence showing that people experiencing psychological stress are more prone to develop colds and other infections than their less-stressed peers. Overwhelming psychological stress (such as the events of 9-11) can cause both temporary (transient) and long-lasting (chronic) symptoms of a serious psychiatric illness called posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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