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What are symptoms of stress?

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Stress symptoms vary greatly from one person to the next, but the most universal sign of stress is a feeling of being pressured or overwhelmed.

Other symptoms include:

  • Physical complaints (stomachaches, headaches, chest pains, nausea, and diarrhea, and a sensation of numbness or tingling in your hands, arms, and face.)
  • Problems getting along with family members, friends, and teachers.
  • Changes in behavior at home (short temper, unexplained anger, crying for no reason).
  • Regression -- behavior that is not age-appropriate.
  • Dysfunctional sleep patterns, including nightmares, too little sleep, difficulty falling asleep, or even oversleeping.
  • Communication difficulty or personality changes, such as becoming withdrawn or requiring much more attention than usual.
  • Impatience.

From: How to Manage Stress WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:Uchino, BN, et al, 1996; 119(3):488‑531. Nehlsen‑Cannarella, SL, Nieman DC, et al, 1991;23(1):64‑70. Clamlan, HN, 1992; 268(20): 2790‑2801. Epel ES, et al, Sept-Oct 2000;62(5):623-32. American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry website: "Helping Teenagers with Stress." Psychological Bulletin,Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.Journal of the American Medical Association,Psychosomatic Medicine

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 14, 2018

SOURCES:Uchino, BN, et al, 1996; 119(3):488‑531. Nehlsen‑Cannarella, SL, Nieman DC, et al, 1991;23(1):64‑70. Clamlan, HN, 1992; 268(20): 2790‑2801. Epel ES, et al, Sept-Oct 2000;62(5):623-32. American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry website: "Helping Teenagers with Stress." Psychological Bulletin,Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.Journal of the American Medical Association,Psychosomatic Medicine

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 14, 2018

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