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Signs of Stress

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The signs of stress can be physical or mental. Some people call this "storing" stress in the body (physical) or in the mind (mental).

Common physical symptoms of stress include:

  • Rapid heartbeat.
  • Headache.
  • Stiff neck and/or tight shoulders.
  • Backache.
  • Rapid breathing.
  • Sweating and sweaty palms.
  • Upset stomach, nausea, or diarrhea.

You also may notice signs of stress in your thinking, behaviour, or mood. You may:

  • Become irritable and intolerant of even minor disturbances.
  • Feel irritated or frustrated, lose your temper more often, and yell at others for no reason.
  • Feel jumpy or exhausted all the time.
  • Find it hard to concentrate or focus on tasks.
  • Worry too much about insignificant things.
  • Doubt your ability to do things.
  • Imagine negative, worrisome, or terrifying scenes.
  • Feel you are missing opportunities because you cannot act quickly.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Primary Medical Reviewer Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
Last Revised August 23, 2010

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