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Signs and Symptoms of Stress

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Center for Growth /Stress Therapy in Philadelphia

Stress is a condition that occurs in response to actual or anticipated difficulties in life.

The psychological signs and symptoms of stress:

  • The tendency to worry too much
  • Having a short fuse that leads to anger
  • Experiencing mood swings and sudden bouts of sadness
  • An ailing sense of humor

The physical signs and symptoms of stress:

  • Frequent occurrences of heartburn, indigestion and an upset stomach
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • A throat as dry as the Sahara Desert
  • The urge to overeat
  • A loss of appetite
  • Increased muscle tension
  • Fatigue
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Mental depression

Health Effects of Stress - If left untreated, stress can cause severe problems with your health:

  • Heart Disease – Stress can play a role in circulatory diseases such as coronary heart disease, sudden cardiac death and strokes. Stress is now considered a major factor in heart disease, right up there with smoking, being overweight, and lack of exercise and activity.
  • Gastrointestinal Problems – Stress always seems to find its way into your stomach, and affects the secretion of acid. This results in constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating and other problems.
  • Immune System – There has been growing evidence that stress can affect a person’s immune system. It can render it useless in resisting bacteria and viruses, and research has shown that stress may play a role in a variety of immune system disorders, including HIV, AIDS, herpes, viral infection, rheumatoid arthritis, and certain allergies.
  • Common Cold – Experience severe stress for more than a month can increase a person’s risk of coming down with a cold. Stress has a way of lowering your resistance to colds.
  • Mental Health Problems – Stress can cause a person to become depressed, withdrawn, and sometimes experience crying spells. When someone feels as if the stress in their life is overwhelming them and consuming them on a daily basis, it can lead to a variety of mental health conditions.

Stress Management Techniques & Stress Therapy Can Help

If you believe that you may have signs and symptoms of stress, help is available.

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