SYMPTOMS OF CHRONIC STRESS

Chronic stress occurs when one is constantly exposed to a stressful environment for a prolonged period of time without respite and time for regeneration. This type of stress produces many symptoms and can take a heavy toll on your health.

As you see the list of potential illnesses is very long: from burnout to autoimmune diseases and even cancer.

COGNITIVE SYMPTOMS

  • Difficulty to concentrate, racing thoughts
  • Trouble to acquire new information
  • Forgetfulness
  • Disorganization
  • Disorientation
  • Difficulty in making decisions
  • Memory problems
  • Negative thinking
  • Constant worrying

EMOTIONAL SYMPTOMS

  • Increased anger, frustration, hostility
  • Depression
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Anxiety, nervousness
  • Sense of guilt
  • A feeling of being overloaded or overwhelmed
  • Increased frustration, irritability
  • The feeling of loneliness or worthlessness

PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS

  • Frequent headaches, jaw clenching, pain
  • Teeth grinding
  • Stammering or stuttering
  • Trembling lips, hands
  • Neck pain, back pain, muscle cramps
  • Light-headedness, fainting, dizziness
  • Tinnitus, buzzing or ‘cracks ‘ in ears
  • Frequent blushing, sweating
  • Cold or sweaty hands and feet
  • Dry mouth
  • Dysphagia
  • The feeling of a lump in the throat (glubus hystericus)
  • Frequent colds and infections
  • Cold sores
  • Skin rash, itching, hives, “goosebumps”
  • Allergic reactions
  • Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea
  • Excessive belching, bloating
  • Constipation, diarrhea
  • Difficulty in breathing, sighing
  • Panic attacks
  • Chest pain, heart palpitations, rapid pulse
  • Frequent urination
  • Decreased libido
  • Constant fatigue, weakness

BEHAVIORAL SYMPTOMS

  • Increased or decreased appetite
  • Insomnia, nightmares
  • Frequent bouts of crying
  • Little interest in one’s appearance
  • Increased number of small accidents
  • Obsessive-compulsive behavior
  • Reduced job performance and productivity
  • Lies and excuses
  • Fast-talking or mumbling
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Communication issues
  • Excessive response to minor annoyances
  • Frequent use of drugs without a prescription
  • Increased or decreased body weight without dieting
  • Increased smoking
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Gambling or impulsive shopping
  • Nervous habits (nail-biting, lips from the inside)
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Neglecting household and professional duties

Source:
http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/stress-symptoms-effects_of-stress-on-the-body#2
https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/stress-symptoms-causes-and-effects.htm#what