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In western medicine, stress symptoms are produced as a result of a structure, system, or organism being acted on by forces that disrupt equilibrium or produce strain. In health care, the term denotes the physical and psychological forces that are experienced by individuals in daily life such as fear, anxiety, physical strain, and many other factors. When stress occurs in large quantities that the system cannot handle in a healthy way, it produces pathological changes in the body and thus disease is born.

Emotional Stress Symptoms:

  • irritable
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • considered abrasive by others
  • hostile in extreme stress
  • nervous
  • generally emotional

Physical Symptoms of Stress:

  • a pounding sensation in the heart
  • frequent headaches
  • circulation to the extremities may be altered:
    • sweaty palms and feet
    • and or cold hands
  • tight muscles
  • pain
  • indigestion and digestive disruptions including:
    • tight stomach
    • nausea
    • diarrhea
    • irritable bowels
    • constipation
  • disruptions in sleep and energy
    • insomnia
    • excess sleep
    • fatigue even after rest
  • Problems with skin health
    • Acne
    • Red Swollen Skin (eczema, psoriasis may be aggravated)
  • Disruption in breathing
    • shortness of breath
    • holding breath

Mental Symptoms of Stress:

  • forgetful and decline in short term memory
  • lack of ability to concentrate
  • poor judgment
  • lack of organization
  • fuzzy perception
  • confusion
  • apathy
  • over thinking and/or lack of clear thought
  • diminished or excess fantasy life if used as an escape mechanism
  • low self esteem

Posted by Staff at July 17, 2005 6:43 PM

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