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Stress Effects2019-03-05T12:50:07-05:00

Stress Effects

50 Common Symptoms
The Effects of Stress
How It Effects Your Body
The Stress 360 Survey

50 Common Signs and Symptoms of Stress


  1. Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or pain
  2. Gritting, grinding teeth
  3. Stuttering or stammering
  4. Tremors, trembling of lips, hands
  5. Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms
  6. Light headedness, faintness, dizziness
  7. Ringing, buzzing or “popping sounds
  8. Frequent blushing, sweating
  9. Cold or sweaty hands, feet
  10. Dry mouth, problems swallowing
  11. Frequent colds, infections, herpes sores
  12. Rashes, itching, hives, “goose bumps”
  13. Unexplained or frequent “allergy” attacks
  14. Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea
  15. Excess belching, flatulence
  16. Constipation, diarrhea, loss of control
  17. Difficulty breathing, frequent sighing
  18. Sudden attacks of life threatening panic
  19. Chest pain, palpitations, rapid pulse
  20. Frequent urination
  21. Diminished sexual desire or performance
  22. Excess anxiety, worry, guilt, nervousness
  23. Increased anger, frustration, hostility
  24. Depression, frequent or wild mood swings
  25. Increased or decreased appetite
  1. Insomnia, nightmares, disturbing dreams
  2. Difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts
  3. Trouble learning new information
  4. Forgetfulness, disorganization, confusion
  5. Difficulty in making decisions
  6. Feeling overloaded or overwhelmed
  7. Frequent crying spells or suicidal thoughts
  8. Feelings of loneliness or worthlessness
  9. Little interest in appearance, punctuality
  10. Nervous habits, fidgeting, feet tapping
  11. Increased frustration, irritability, edginess
  12. Overreaction to petty annoyances
  13. Increased number of minor accidents
  14. Obsessive or compulsive behavior
  15. Reduced work efficiency or productivity
  16. Lies or excuses to cover up poor work
  17. Rapid or mumbled speech
  18. Excessive defensiveness or suspiciousness
  19. Problems in communication, sharing
  20. Social withdrawal and isolation
  21. Constant tiredness, weakness, fatigue
  22. Frequent use of over-the-counter drugs
  23. Weight gain or loss without diet
  24. Increased smoking, alcohol or drug use
  25. Excessive gambling or impulse buying

The Effects of Stress

As demonstrated in the above list, stress can have wide ranging effects on emotions, mood and behavior. Equally important but often less appreciated are effects on various systems, organs and tissues all over the body, as illustrated by the following diagram.

effects of stress on your body

How Stress Effects Your Body

Another infographic from Healthline shows the effects of stress on your body.

Stress is a natural physical and mental reaction to life experiences. Everyone expresses stress from time to time. Anything from everyday responsibilities like work and family to serious life events such as a new diagnosis, war, or the death of a loved one can trigger stress. For immediate, short-term situations, stress can be beneficial to your health. It can help you cope with potentially serious situations. Your body responds to stress by releasing hormones that increase your heart and breathing rates and ready your muscles to respond.

Yet if your stress response doesn’t stop firing, and these stress levels stay elevated far longer than is necessary for survival, it can take a toll on your health. Chronic stress can cause a variety of symptoms and affect your overall well-being. Symptoms of chronic stress include:

  • irritability
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • headaches
  • insomnia

Stress 360 Survey

There are numerous emotional and physical disorders that have been linked to stress including depression, anxiety, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, immune system disturbances that increase susceptibility to infections, a host of viral linked disorders ranging from the common cold and herpes to AIDS and certain cancers, as well as autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. In addition, stress can have direct effects on the skin (rashes, hives, atopic dermatitis, the gastrointestinal system (GERD, peptic ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis) and can contribute to insomnia and degenerative neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease. In fact, it’s hard to think of any disease in which stress cannot play an aggravating role or any part of the body that is not affected (see stress effects on the body stress diagram) or. This list will undoubtedly grow as the extensive ramifications of stress are increasingly being appreciated.

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