- Acute stress. This is short-term stress that goes away quickly. You feel it when you slam on the brakes, have a fight with your partner or ski down a steep slope. It helps you manage dangerous situations. It also occurs when you do something new or exciting. All people have acute stress at one time or another.
- Chronic stress. This is stress that lasts for a longer period of time. You may have chronic stress if you have money problems, an unhappy marriage or trouble at work. Any type of stress that goes on for weeks or months is chronic stress. You can become so used to chronic stress that you don't realize it is a problem. If you don't find ways to manage stress, it may lead to health problems.
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Depression or anxiety
- Skin problems, such as acne or eczema
- Menstrual problems
If you already have a health condition, chronic stress can make it worse. Too much stress can cause many types of physical and emotional symptoms. Sometimes, you may not realize these symptoms are caused by stress. Here are some signs that stress may be affecting you:
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Frequent aches and pains
- Lack of energy or focus
- Sexual problems
- Stiff jaw or neck
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
- Upset stomach
- Use of alcohol or drugs to relax
- Weight loss or gain
Causes of stress are different for each person. You can have stress from good challenges as well as bad ones. Some common sources of stress include:
- Getting married or divorced
- Starting a new job
- Death of a spouse or close family member
- Getting laid off
- Having a baby
- Money problems
- Having a serious illness
- Problems at work
- Problems at home
If you feel overwhelmed by stress or if it is affecting your health, it may be time to seek professional help, especially if symptoms include any of the following:
- You have feelings of panic, such as dizziness, rapid breathing or a racing heartbeat.
- You are unable to work or function at home or at your job.
- You have fears that you cannot control.
- You are having memories of a traumatic event.
Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it. You may think illness is to blame for that irritating headache, your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity at work, but stress may actually be the cause.
Stress symptoms can affect your body, thoughts,
feelings and behavior. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can help
you manage them. Stress that's left unchecked can contribute to many health
problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Common
effects of stress are headache, muscle tension or pain, chest pain, fatigue or
depression. If you are experiencing any of these stress symptoms, we
invite you to schedule a free phone consultation.
Karumanchi, of Integrative Therapeutics, is board certified in Sleep Medicine,
Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Functional Medicine. He is a Certified Energy
Mastery Practitioner and a practicing Emergency Medicine Board Certified
Physician who takes the complete approach to healthcare. Integrative Therapeutics
is located at 8320 Stone Run Ct., Tampa. For a gratis consultation, call 813-322-6171.