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Lifestyle: Signs and Symptoms of Stress

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Lifestyle: Signs and Symptoms of Stress
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Written by  Staff Writer
Saturday, 05 August 2017 23:32

When stress accumulates, we may experience some stress symptoms. This is our body's way of telling us that it's time to take action to reduce the amount of stress in our life. Knowing and recognising stress signs and symptoms is very important for managing the stress.

Symptoms of excessive stress can be categorised as follows

  • Physical
  • Cognitive
  • Emotional
  • Behavioural

Physical Symptoms

When a demand is made on the human body, it prepares itself for action by increasing the production of certain hormones. These hormones cause physical reactions that activate "target organs", that is, those body organs that respond to the stimulation.

The physical reactions have the purpose to prepare the body for 'flight or fight'.

This will help a person to function more effectively when under pressure for a short time. But a long-term or over-stimulation, or in other words, an excessive activation of the target organ, may signify an overload and can be damaging to the body.

Some of physical symptoms are as follows:

  • Increased sweating,
  • Digestive problems,
  • Rapid heartbeat,
  • Raised blood pressure,
  • Rapid breathing, etc.

Cognitive symptoms

Cognitive symptoms are also called mental systems. Some of these symptoms are as follows:

  • Confusion in thinking,
  • Lowered concentration,
  • Difficulty in making decisions,
  • Memory malfunction,
  • Loss of interest, etc.

Emotional Symptoms

Stressors also tend to cause emotional responses. These emotions might include:

  • Irritability,
  • Depression
  • Anger,
  • Grief,
  • Emotional shock, etc.

Behavioural Symptoms

People who are under stress display some behavioural patterns that can be recognized easily. Some of these patterns are as follows:

  • Disturbed sleep patterns,
  • Excessive drinking and smoking,
  • Changes in eating habits,
  • Decreased personal hygiene,
  • Withdrawal from relationships, etc.




Note: This article was first published on on 11 May 2015
Written by  Laurinda Seabra




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