Stress - Physical Symptoms

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Stress Symptoms

Stress usually first affects the emotions and causes psychological symptoms. Initial symptoms may include the following feelings:

  • Anxiousness
  • Nervousness
  • Distraction
  • Excessive worry
  • Internal pressure
  • Changes in sleep patterns

These emotional states can then begin to affect a person's outward appearance; the affected individual may seem

  • unusually anxious or nervous,
  • distracted,
  • self-absorbed,
  • irritable or angry.

As the stress level increases, or if it lasts over a longer period of time, a person may begin to experience more severe emotional or physical symptoms:

  • Excessive fatigue
  • Depression
  • Thoughts of hurting yourself or others
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Heart racing
  • Dizziness or flushing
  • Tremulousness or restlessness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hyperventilation or choking sensation

In most cases, these symptoms are very minor and don't last very long. If they become more severe or increase in frequency and severity, seek medical help.

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Published: September 11

When I'm really stressed I usually feel like there are 100 other things wrong with me. My chest hurts, it's hard to breathe, my shoulders and neck hurt. I also wake up sometimes when I've just fallen asleep to my heart pounding so hard I feel like I'm having a heart attack. I'm always suprised at what a big physical toll stress can take on your body. It's scary. Exercise is the only thing that really makes me feel better. I don't think I have the energy, but I push myself and find that I feel so much better after.

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Comment from: Lulu, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

When I am stressed, I have anxiety, constant fatigue, no energy, loss of appetite, excessive smoking, a short temper, prone to tears or outbursts, and excessive spending.

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