Symptoms of Stress

Intellectual symptoms

How stress can effect your mind:

  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Confusion
  • Seeing only the negative
  • Repetitive or racing thoughts
  • Poor judgment
  • Loss of objectivity
  • Desire to escape or run away

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Physical symptoms

How stress can effect your body:

  • Headaches
  • Digestive problems
  • Muscle tension and pain
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Fatigue
  • Chest pain, irregular heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Asthma or shortness of breath
  • Skin problems
  • Decreased sex drive

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Emotional symptoms

How stress can make you feel:

  • Moody and hypersensitive
  • Restlessness and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger and resentment
  • Easily irritated and “on edge”
  • Sense of being overwhelmed
  • Lack of confidence
  • Apathy
  • Urge to laugh or cry at inappropriate times

Behavioral symptoms

How stress can effect your actions:

  • Eating more or less
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Isolating yourself from others
  • Neglecting your responsibilities
  • Increasing alcohol and drug use
  • Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)
  • Teeth grinding or jaw clenching
  • Overdoing activities such as exercising or shopping
  • Losing your temper
  • Overreacting to unexpected problems
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