Stress Recovery – Related Illnesses                    1-800-237-1068

The symptoms of stress-related illnesses can be divided into three categories: psychological, physical, and behavioral. Anxiety, depression, loss of motivation, high blood pressure, insomnia, stomach ailments, obesity, decreased sex drive, substance abuse, irritability, and social withdrawal are a partial list of symptoms.

Psychological Symptoms

  • Impaired concentration
  • Forgetfulness
  • Fears and anxieties
  • Depression and other mood disturbances
  • Irritability
  • Worrying
  • Feelings of impending doom
  • Low self-esteem
  • Being easily distracted
  • Anger, guilt, suspicion
  • Low threshold of frustration
  • Loss of motivation; fear of failure

Physical Symptoms

  • Headaches
  • Increased blood pressure, heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Tightness of the chest
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hyperventilation
  • Tremors
  • Nervous tics
  • Dryness of the mouth and throat
  • Feelings of lethargy and fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea and stomach pains
  • Decreased libido
  • Obesity or weight loss
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Backaches or neck pain
  • Susceptibility to illness (low immune system)
  • Palpitations (heart pounding or skipped beats)
  • Muscle tightness or tension
  • Skin disorders
  • Heartburn and acid stomach
  • Osteoporosis and bone fractures

Behavioral Symptoms

  • Increased use, or resumption of, alcohol, drugs, or tobacco
  • Excessive caffeine intake
  • Impulsivity
  • Aggressive behaviors
  • Overeating
  • Relationship conflicts
  • Decreased activity
  • Avoidance of people or places; social isolation.
  • Reappearance of aggravation of phobias
  • Withdrawal from responsibility

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