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A Comprehensive List of the Symptoms of Stress

Updated on November 12, 2012

Stress can be caused by everyday activities: school, work, family or anything we experience. What may cause stress in one person is not guaranteed to cause stress ion another. Although stress is a common occurrence it sometimes goes unnoticed while effecting someone's life. Stress can go unnoticed because the symptoms of stress can be very subtle, can mimic other diseases and vary wildly from person to person. It is very important to be able to recognize the symptoms of stress so that you can effectively deal with stress.

Physical Symptoms of Stress

The physical symptoms of stress may significantly impact a person's life. These symptoms also may be hard to detect because they can mimic symptoms of other disorders.

Physical symptoms of stress may include but are not limited to:

  • Increased heartbeat
  • Heart palpitations
  • Rapid Breathing
  • Tense Muscles
  • Headaches or Migraines
  • Digestion issues
  • Immunity issues. Being stressed can actually lower your immune system and make you more susceptible to sickness.
  • Sleep issues. The most common sleep issue associated with stress is insomnia, or not being able to fall asleep.
  • Weight loss/gain


Behavoiral Symptoms of Stress

The behavioral symptoms of stress include:

  • Nail Biting or Picking
  • Change in eating behaviors such as eating too much or too little
  • Change in sexual behavior such as an increase or decrease in sexual desire
  • Making careless mistakes due to an inability to focus

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Emotional Symptoms of Stress

The emotional symptoms of stress include but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Lack of focus
  • Anger or hostility
  • Feeling Drained
  • Frustration
  • Irritability

While the symptoms of stress may be cause by other illnesses if you are constantly or intermittently experiences some of these symptoms stress may be the cause. Please note though that just because you are experiencing any combination of these symptoms does not mean that is related to stress. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should see your doctor as a doctor is the only person who can positively explain your symptoms.

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