How Stress Affects The Body

Stress is important! It’s so important that it’s now recognized as the #1 killer by proxy. The American Medical Association has noted that stress is the basic cause of more than 60% of all human diseases, it has enormous negative mental and physical effects, and yet we often forget how stressful our lives are. Please take some time and check out how stress affects the body. First, these are the 50 most common signs and symptoms of STRESS:

1. Frequent headaches

2. Frequent jaw clenching, or gritting or grinding teeth

3. Stuttering or stammering

4. Tremors, trembling of lips, hands

5. Muscle spasms, neck pain, or backache

6. Dizziness

7. Ringing in ears

8. Frequent blushing or sweating

9. Cold or sweaty hands or feet

10. Dry mouth and/or difficulty swallowing

11. Frequent colds or infections

12. Frequent rashes, itching, or goosebumps

13. Frequent unexplained allergy symptoms

14. Frequent heartburn or acid reflux

15. Excessive belching

16. Changes in bowel habits

17. Difficulty breathing

18. Sudden panic attacks

19. Chest pain or palpitations

20. Frequent urination

21. Lowered sex drive

22. Frequent anxiety

23. Frequent periods of anger

24. Depression or frequent mood swings

25. Changes in appetite

26. Trouble sleeping

27. Difficulty concentrating

28. Learning problems (things don’t stick)

29. Memory loss, short or long-term

30. Difficulty making decisions

31. Feeling overwhelmed

32. Suicidal thoughts

33. Feelings of loneliness or worthlessness

34. Little interest in appearance, punctuality

35. Nervousness

36. Increased irritability and overreaction

38. Frequent minor accidents

39. Obsessive or compulsive behavior

40. Diminished productivity

41. Excessive impulsive shopping or gambling

42. Rapid speech

43. Excessive defensiveness or suspiciousness

44. Trouble communicating

45. Social shyness and isolation

46. Chronic fatigue

47. Frequent use of over-the-counter medications

48. Unexplained sudden weight gain or loss

49. Increased smoking, alcohol abuse, or illicit drug use

50. Dull and dry skin, wrinkles and lines

Finally this useful infographic summarizes how stress affects the body:

The good news is that stress is often treatable. To reduce your stress and some useful tips to manage your stress, make sure to watch this video.

[Last Updated on May 23rd 2014 & March 12th 2014]
By Nima Shei, MD

 
 
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