Stress Health (cont.)

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Stress Causes

Stress can be caused by any type of physical or emotional stimulus or situation. Often, people speak of different types of stress such as work stress, relationship stress, or parenting stress. Some kinds of stress may be related to specific stages of life such as aging, pregnancy, the teen years, or the menopausal transition. Children can also be affected by stress.

Despite its source, any type of stress can become unmanageable or overwhelming. The following are risk factors for uncontrollable stress:

  • Social and financial problems
  • Medical illness
  • Lack of social support networks
  • Family history of stress or family discord

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:

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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/5/2012

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