Effects of Stress

There are numerous physical as well as emotional responses as illustrated by the following list of some 50 common signs and symptoms of stress. (1)

Physical

  • Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or pain
  • Insomnia, nightmares, disturbing dreams
  • Gritting, grinding teeth
  • Dry mouth, problems swallowing
  • Light headedness, faintness, dizziness
  • Ringing, buzzing or “popping sounds
  • Stuttering or stammering
  • Rapid or mumbled speech
  • Tremors, trembling of lips, hands
  • Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms
  • Nervous habits, fidgeting, feet tapping
  • Cold or sweaty hands, feet
  • Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea
  • Frequent blushing, sweating
  • Frequent colds, infections, herpes sores
  • Difficulty breathing, sighing
  • Chest pain, palpitations
  • Rashes, itching, hives, “goose bumps”
  • Unexplained or frequent “allergy” attacks
  • Increased number of minor accidents
  • Increased or decreased appetite
  • Excess belching, flatulence
  • Constipation, diarrhea
  • Frequent urination
  • Poor sexual desire or performance
  • Constant tiredness, weakness, fatigue
  • Frequent use of over-the-counter drugs
  • Weight gain or loss without diet

Mental

  • Forgetfulness, Disorganization, Confusion
  • Trouble learning new information
  • Difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts
  • Difficulty in making decisions.
  • Feeling overloaded or overwhelmed.
  • Frequent crying spells or suicidal thoughts
  • Feelings of loneliness or worthlessness
  • Obsessive or compulsive behavior
  • Excess anxiety, worry, guilt, nervousness
  • Depression, frequent or wild mood swings
  • Increased anger, frustration, hostility
  • Increased smoking, alcohol or drug use
  • Excessive gambling or impulse buying
  • Increased frustration, irritability, edginess
  • Sudden attacks of panic
  • Overreaction to petty annoyances

Social

  • Little interest in appearance, punctuality
  • Reduced work efficiency or productivity
  • Lies or excuses to cover up poor work
  • Excessive defensiveness or suspiciousness
  • Problems in communication, sharing
  • Social withdrawal and isolation

(1) From American Institute of stress