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Facts to Help you Better Understand Emotional Distress?

Updated on March 17, 2017

Experiencing a little bit of stress isn’t a bad thing as it pushes us to work harder and achieve more. However if you’re constantly feeling overwhelmed and in a state of panic it isn’t healthy.

Which is why you need to quickly get your nervous system back to normal, because feeling like that often can have very adverse effects on how feel/think and cause you a lot of health problems as well. Here are a few facts to help you better understand Emotional Distress.

  • Understand the different levels of stress.
  • Determine whether your stress levels are normal or not.
  • Figure out what is causing you to stress so much.
  • Discover how your body tries to control stress.
  • Research ways to keep your stress levels at bay.

What is Emotional Distress?

Emotional distress occurs when are body starts to feel overworked and in danger. When stress is detected our mind responds by going into a process known as ‘’fight or fight’ ’mode.

This automatic reaction is how our bodies protect us and help us stay more energetic, focused and alert.

When caught in an emergency, stress can actually save your lives as it provides you with the necessary energy to react and protect yourself. But when stress starts to cause you problems instead of being helpful, that’s when you should realise that something is wrong.

Chronic Stress

With the many demands we face life be it at home or work, we are constantly under pressure which causes the nervous system to grow confused. When this happens it’s very hard to determine if it’s physical or emotional stress.

If your body remains under siege by raging stress levels, it can cause you a lot of health problems. Chronic stress turns your entire system upside down, causing your immune system to play up, upset your reproductive and digestive system, increases your risk of potential strokes/heart attacks and makes you age faster.

Problems Caused By Chronic Stress:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Memory and thinking problems
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Increased risk of strokes and heart attacks
  • Eczema and other skin problems
  • Diseases of the autoimmune system
  • Reproductive problems

Signs and Symptoms

The worst part about being under emotional distress is how vulnerable it makes you feel, it silently stalks you and eventually makes itself feel familiar to you. You won’t notice just how much damage it’s causing until it wrecks your entire immune system, which is why it’s important to make yourself aware of the signs and symptoms early on.

Emotional Symptoms:

  • Agitation and anxiety
  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Mood swings
  • Unhappiness and depression
  • Other emotional/mental problems

Cognitive Signs:

  • Problems with remembering things
  • Experiencing only negative feelings
  • Issues when trying to concentrate
  • Judgment becomes very poor
  • Always worrying

Behavioural Problems:

  • An increase or decrease in food
  • Not enough or too much sleep
  • Avoiding company
  • Neglecting or procrastinating chores etc.
  • Using cigarettes, alcohol or drugs as a means of escape
  • Habits like nail biting and pacing

Physical Signs:

  • Constipation or diarrhoea
  • Various body pains
  • Feeling dizzy or nauseas
  • Increased heart rate/chest pains
  • Loss if libido
  • Getting sick often

When it feels like life is getting you down and you feel defeated, its best to take a small break to clear your thoughts. If you still find it difficult to get a hold of your life, try seeking medical/professional help.

Don’t let your mind and body sink into a state of depression over Emotional Distress. Always let someone you’re close to know how your feeling and let them get you the help you need if it comes to that.


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