50 Signs & Symptoms of Stress

The original article can be found at The American Institute of Stress.

Stress is difficult for scientists to define because it is a highly subjective phenomenon that differs for each of us. Things that are distressful for some individuals can be pleasurable for others. We also respond to stress differently. Some people blush, some eat more while others grow pale or eat less. There are numerous physical as well as emotional responses as illustrated by the following list of some 50 common signs and symptoms of stress.

  1. Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or pain

  2. Gritting, grinding teeth

  3. Stuttering or stammering

  4. Tremors, trembling of lips, hands

  5. Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms

  6. Light headedness, faintness, dizziness

  7. Ringing, buzzing or "popping sounds

  8. Frequent blushing, sweating

  9. Cold or sweaty hands, feet

  10. Dry mouth, problems swallowing

  11. Frequent colds, infections, herpes sores

  12. Rashes, itching, hives, "goose bumps"

  13. Unexplained or frequent "allergy" attacks

  14. Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea

  15. Excess belching, flatulence

  16. Constipation, diarrhea

  17. Difficulty breathing, sighing

  18. Sudden attacks of panic

  19. Chest pain, palpitations

  20. Frequent urination

  21. Poor sexual desire or performance

  22. Excess anxiety, worry, guilt, nervousness

  23. Increased anger, frustration, hostility

  24. Depression, frequent or wild mood swings

  25. Increased or decreased appetite

  26. Insomnia, nightmares, disturbing dreams

  27. Difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts

  28. Trouble learning new information

  29. Forgetfulness, disorganization, confusion

  30. Difficulty in making decisions

  31. Feeling overloaded or overwhelmed

  32. Frequent crying spells or suicidal thoughts

  33. Feelings of loneliness or worthlessness

  34. Little interest in appearance, punctuality

  35. Nervous habits, fidgeting, feet tapping

  36. Increased frustration, irritability, edginess

  37. Overreaction to petty annoyances

  38. Increased number of minor accidents

  39. Obsessive or compulsive behavior

  40. Reduced work efficiency or productivity

  41. Lies or excuses to cover up poor work

  42. Rapid or mumbled speech

  43. Excessive defensiveness or suspiciousness

  44. Problems in communication, sharing

  45. Social withdrawal and isolation

  46. Constant tiredness, weakness, fatigue

  47. Frequent use of over-the-counter drugs

  48. Weight gain or loss without diet

  49. Increased smoking, alcohol or drug use

  50. Excessive gambling or impulse buying


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