Signs and symptoms of stress
Stress affects us all in some way. It is largely healthy, but when it interrupts our lives, it becomes a problem. If someone is overly stressed, they will experience anxiety, nervous tension and in some cases, trauma. It leads to constant worry, which is unhealthy since it leads to physical illnesses. Managing your stress is critical, not only for your mental health but also for your physical health.
Common situations that can cause unhealthy stress levels
Stress is basically a good thing. It makes the body ready for physical activity: the body responds with an increased heart rate, increased blood pressure and faster breathing. The muscles become tense and the immune system is activated, as a result of stress hormones being pumped through your body.
For the early man in the Stone Age, the body’s automatic alarm system was absolutely necessary for survival. But during that time, man only experienced short periods of stress peaks, such as in life threatening situations. When the danger was over, the stress level and body returned to a normal state. Today, more and more people experience an increased stress level for long periods of time. This is where it gets problematic.
If you experience stress over a long period, this severely harms your body. This is primarily because your body never gets time to fully recover, which can make you ill. Your immune system is compromised and you are more likely to develop infections or suffer from a heart attack, stroke, depression, anxiety disorders, panic attacks, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Common emotional and behavioral signs and symptoms of stress
Common physical signs and symptoms of stress
This stress test is not to be seen as a final diagnosis. If you are uncertain about your result, we suggest that you get professional help as soon as possible.
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