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What are physical symptoms of chronic stress?

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If you let your stress spiral on for too long, it can have damaging effects, including:

  • Headache
  • Trouble sleeping, or sleeping too much
  • Muscle pain or tension
  • Digestive issues
  • Change in sex drive
  • High blood pressure

From: What Is Stress? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The American Institute of Health: “What Is Stress?”

KidsHealth.org: “The Story on Stress” and “TeensHealth: Stress.”

Stress Management Society: “What is Stress?”

National Institute on Mental Health: “Fact Sheet on Stress.”

Mayo Clinic: “Stress Management.”

Harvard Medical School: “Understanding the stress response.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 26, 2018

SOURCES:

The American Institute of Health: “What Is Stress?”

KidsHealth.org: “The Story on Stress” and “TeensHealth: Stress.”

Stress Management Society: “What is Stress?”

National Institute on Mental Health: “Fact Sheet on Stress.”

Mayo Clinic: “Stress Management.”

Harvard Medical School: “Understanding the stress response.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 26, 2018

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